COLOGNE, Germany – The U.S. and Slovakia meet here today in the sixth of seven preliminary round games for both teams. Opening faceoff is set for 4:15 p.m. local time (10:15 a.m. ET) and the game can be seen live on NHL Network in the U.S. (live stream on NBC Sports app and on NBCSports.com).
With one point in the game today, the U.S. can clinch a spot in the quarterfinal round of the world championship for the seventh straight year. The U.S. comes into play today with a four-game winning streak, the longest winning streak for a U.S. team in a single world championship since 2012.
The United States and Slovakia meet for the 11th time in the world championship today. The most recent meeting between the two teams came in last year’s world championship in St. Petersburg with Slovakia earning a 3-2 overtime win in the final preliminary round game. All-time, the U.S. has an 3-2-1-3-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) advantage in the series.
Kevin Hayes and Brady Skjei from the NHL’s New York Rangers, both who were named to Team USA on Thursday, arrived yesterday mid-afternoon and will be available to play today.
NOTES: Dylan Larkin has at least a point in all five of Team USA’s games in the world championship and with 1-7--8 is the team’s leading point getter. Larkin is tied for second in the tournament overall in both points and assists ... Anders Lee (3-2--5) and Johnny Gaudreau (4-2--6) both enter today’s game with four-game points streaks … Team USA is the visiting team today … The U.S. is looking for its fifth straight win today. Only two other times in history has a U.S. team had a five-game or better winning streak in a single world championship (1990, 1931).
|May 2||Italy (exh.)||W, 5-2||Agora Arena||Milan, Italy|
|May 5||Germany||L, 1-2||LANXESS Arena||Cologne, Germany|
|May 7||Denmark||W, 7-2||LANXESS Arena||Cologne, Germany|
|May 8||Sweden||W, 4-3||LANXESS Arena||Cologne, Germany|
|May 10||Italy||W, 3-0||LANXESS Arena||Cologne, Germany|
|May 13||Latvia||W, 5-3||LANXESS Arena||Cologne, Germany|
|May 14||Slovakia||W, 6-1||LANXESS Arena||Cologne, Germany|
|May 16||Russia||W, 5-3||LANXESS Arena||Cologne, Germany|
|May 18||Finland (quarterfinal)||L, 0-2||LANXESS Arena||Cologne, Germany|