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GAMEDAY: U.S. Faces Italy at 10:15 a.m. ET

By USA Hockey, 05/10/17, 4:00AM EDT


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COLOGNE, Germany – The U.S. and Italy will meet today at 4:15 p.m. (live on NBCSN; live stream on NBC Sports app and at at LANXESS Arena in its fourth of seven preliminary round games at the IIHF Men’s World Championship.

The U.S. is coming off wins in its last two outings, including an impressive 4-3 decision over Sweden on Monday night and a 7-2 victory over Denmark on Sunday afternoon.

Nick Schmaltz, who was knocked out of Monday’s game against Sweden on a blindside hit by Gabriel Landeskog in the first minute of the game, is day-to-day and will not play this afternoon.

The U.S. and Italy have met just seven times previously in the world championship. The last time, incidentally, was in Cologne in 2010 in the relegation round with the U.S. earning a 3-2 shootout victory. All-time, the U.S. has a 4-1-0-2-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) series advantage.

Team USA faced Italy in Milan just more than a week ago in its lone exhibition game in advance of the world championship. With 13 different players contributing points, the U.S. earned a 5-2 victory.

After today’s contest, Team USA will have two days off before facing Latvia on Friday.


USA vs. Italy Series History

Date        Round           Result           GF-GA

5/18/10    Relegation     OTW (SO)        3-2
4/27/02    Preliminary        W                  5-2
5/10/98    Relegation         L                   0-4
4/30/97    Preliminary        W                  4-2
4/28/92    Preliminary        W                  1-0
4/16/82    Preliminary        L                    5-7
2/3/39      Preliminary        W                  5-0

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

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