3 things learned at Day 4 of World Juniors

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Tuesday is the fifth day of the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, which is being held at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

 

Day 4 results

Sweden 4, Austria 0

Germany, 4, Slovakia 3 (OT)

 

What We Learned on Day 4

 

Knight to start for United States

Goalie Spencer Knight (Florida Panthers) is expected to start for the United States against the Czech Republic in their Group B game Tuesday.

Knight was pulled at 12:15 of the second period after allowing four goals on 12 shots in a 5-3 loss to Russia on Friday. Dustin Wolf (Calgary Flames), who made 11 saves in relief, also made 10 saves in an 11-0 win against Austria on Saturday.

“I believe we have great goaltending on our team,” U.S. coach Nate Leaman said. “I know how well Spencer can come back from an outing that maybe he doesn’t like. Spencer’s an outstanding goalie. We fully trust and believe in him. There’s no doubt whatsoever.”

Leaman said forward Patrick Moynihan (New Jersey Devils), who left the game against Austria after taking an illegal check to the head from defenseman Philipp Wimmer at 18:53 of the third period, practiced Monday and is expected to be in the lineup.

Wimmer (2021 draft eligible) was suspended for two games by the IIHF on Monday. He missed a 4-0 loss to Sweden on Monday and is unavailable for Austria’s final preliminary-round game against Russia on Tuesday (9:30 p.m. ET).

 

Broberg will return for Sweden vs. Russia

Philip Broberg (Edmonton Oilers) was kept out of the lineup for precautionary reasons in Sweden’s 4-0 win against Austria on Monday because of an undisclosed injury but will be available for the game against Russia on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old defenseman was available to play against Austria but the coaching staff opted to give him the day off.

“If we really wanted him, I could have dressed him,” Sweden coach Joel Ronnmark said. “Our doctors are telling us he’ll be ready to go moving forward here. I don’t want to comment on what happened. All I’ll say is that he’ll be ready to go moving forward.”

Broberg, Sweden’s captain, had three assists and was plus-3 in 18:08 of ice time in a 7-1 win against the Czech Republic on Saturday.

Sweden’s victory against Austria extended its winning streak in the preliminary round of the World Junior Championship to 54 games. The streak includes 47 wins in regulation, three in overtime and four in shootouts. Sweden’s most recent loss in the preliminary round was 3-2 in overtime to the United States on Dec. 31, 2006.

Sweden (2-0-0-0) is first in Group B and will play the United States (1-0-0-1) on Thursday.

Video: WORLD JUNIORS | Philip Broberg 12.26.20

 

Stuetzle excelling for Germany

Tim Stuetzle, selected by the Ottawa Senators with the No. 3 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, helped Germany to its first victory by scoring twice and assisting on Mario Zimmerman’s overtime goal in a 4-3 win against Slovakia on Monday.

Stuetzle, who played 31:01, has scored five points (three goals, two assists) in three games for Germany (0-1-0-2), which plays Switzerland (0-0-0-2) on Wednesday.

“I think Stuetzle is a fast guy and also good with the puck; he’s got a good overview,” Germany center Florian Elias (2021 draft eligible) said. “Every time he has the puck, he sees you and can make the pass or shoot it. I’ve been playing with him for two years, so I’ve already learned a lot from him, on the ice and in the locker room. He’s a quiet guy but he wants to push us.”

Stuetzle, Germany’s captain, scored five points, all assists, in five games at the 2020 WJC, when Germany finished ninth in the tournament.

He signed his three-year, entry-level contract with the Senators on Dec. 27, and has averaged 26:24 in ice time in three games for a country that has used the same nine forwards and five defensemen in all three games as several players remain in quarantine.

“Tim is a great leader, a very big part of our team, and that says everything about his character and about his value for the team,” coach Tobias Abstreiter said. “But we give Tim some advice and defensive pointers … points with puck management or on the power play. It’s always good to talk back and forth and get some feedback from the coaches and from [Stuetzle’s] side.”

Stuetzle scored 34 points (seven goals, 27 assists) in 41 games for Mannheim last season, his first in the DEL, Germany’s top professional league. He hopes to join the Senators for training camp after playing for Germany at the WJC. Ottawa opens the 2020-21 season on Jan. 15 against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Canadian Tire Centre.

  

On tap for Day 5

All games on NHL Network in U.S., TSN and RDS in Canada

Czech Republic vs. United States (2 p.m. ET) — The United States (1-0-0-1) returns to action after a two-day break following its 11-0 Group B win against Austria on Saturday. Trevor Zegras (Anaheim Ducks) leads the United States with five points (three goals, two assists) in two games. The Czech Republic (1-0-0-1) defeated Russia 2-0 on Sunday; goalie Lukas Parik (Los Angeles Kings) made 30 saves for the shutout. The Czech Republic hasn’t finished in the top three at the WJC since 2005, when it came in third, and hasn’t finished first since winning consecutive championships in 2000 and 2001.

Switzerland vs. Canada (6 p.m. ET) — Defending champion Canada (2-0-0-0) is expecting forward Dylan Holloway (Edmonton Oilers) to return to the lineup. Holloway, who missed a 3-1 win against Slovakia on Sunday with an upper-body injury, returned to practice Monday on a line with center Connor McMichael (Washington Capitals) and right wing Dylan Cozens (Buffalo Sabres). Coach Andre Tourigny also had center Alex Newhook (Colorado Avalanche) with left wing Cole Perfetti (Winnipeg Jets) and Peyton Krebs (Vegas Golden Knights) at practice. Canada has outscored the opposition 19-3 and is tied with Finland for first place in Group A with six points. Switzerland (0-0-0-2) has lost 1-0 to Slovakia and 4-1 to Finland.

Russia vs. Austria (9:30 p.m. ET) — Russia (1-0-0-1) looks to rebound after its 2-0 loss to the Czech Republic on Sunday. Russia, which had not been shut out at the IIHF World Junior Championship since a 1-0 overtime loss to Sweden in the championship game Jan. 5, 2012, is 0-for-5 on the power play through two games. Goalie Iaroslav Askarov (Nashville Predators) has a 2.54 goals-against average and .909 save percentage. Austria (0-0-0-2), which is playing at the top level of the World Juniors for the first time since 2010, is last in Group B and has been outscored 15-0.

 

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