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GAMEDAY: USA vs. Russia at 10:15 a.m.

By USA Hockey, 05/16/17, 3:30AM EDT


Watch Live on NBCSN; Group A Title on the Line

COLOGNE, Germany – The Group A title is on the line here this afternoon when the U.S. faces Russia in the seventh and final preliminary round game from the 2017 IIHF Men’s World Championship.

Opening faceoff is set for 4:15 p.m. local time (10:15 a.m. ET) and the game can be seen live in the U.S. on NBCSN (live stream on NBC Sports app and at

The United States and Russia meet for the 16th time in the world championship. The last meeting between the two teams came in last year’s bronze medal game in Moscow with Russia gaining a 7-2 victory. All-time, the U.S. is 5-1-0-8-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) vs. Russia.

Team USA has won five straight games coming into play today. The U.S. record for most consecutive wins in a single world championship is six and it has happened just once, that in 1990.

Quarterfinal Scenarios

  1. If the U.S. defeats Russia in regulation, it will be the top seed in Group A and play a quarterfinal game against the fourth-place team from Group B in Cologne on Thursday.
  2. If the U.S.-Russia game goes to overtime or a shootout, and regardless of who wins, the U.S. will finish second in Group B and play its quarterfinal game against the third-place finisher in Group B in Cologne if Germany is not in quarterfinals or in Paris if Germany is in the quarterfinals. The winner of the Germany-Latvia game tonight (8:15 p.m. local faceoff/2:15 p.m. ET) will finish fourth in Group A and earn a spot in the quarterfinals.
  3. If the U.S. loses to Russia in regulation, the U.S. will finish third in Group A and face the second-place team from Group B in a quarterfinal game Thursday in Paris.


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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