Never in doubt.
Not to ruin the hype, but this shouldn’t be a close game at all.
Not Bad, Not Great The World Juniors are a consistent staple that everyone is able to enjoy around the holidays. On Christmas day 2020, Team USA faced their biggest test thus far against a very good Russian squad. The US entered this tournament with questions about the ‘greeness’ of their […]
Who woulda thunk? Another WJC 2020 relegation-round drubbing. Team Germany asserted its superiority over Team Kazakhstan at Ostravar Arena on Sunday, netting 6 goals on 40 shots and shutting-out the Group A upstarts 6-0 to buy a ticket to the 2021 World Juniors in Alberta. German forward Dominik Bokk scored […]
Here’s a wild guess – Germany’s pregame market to win Relegation Game 3 on Sunday won’t be 1-to-14 in London. Not after what happened on Saturday in Ostrava. Kazakhstan roared back from the brink of relegation at the 2020 World Juniors, whipping Germany 4-1 in a Game 2 victory that […]
Russia @ Sweden It’s going to be heartbreak for one of these teams, both powerhouses in the hockey world. However, both have struggled to win the big game at the WJC. Russia has 1 gold in the last 16 tournaments. Sweden is a shocking 52-0 in the last 13 years […]
What a difference a week makes. 7 days ago, Team Kazakhstan was locked in a 1-1 draw with Slovakia late in the 3rd period at Werk Arena, seemingly poised to win a round-robin game and potentially earn a quarterfinal bid at the World Juniors. Kazakhstan would go on to lose […]
There aren’t many voices calling for more nations at the World Juniors. After the 2020 tournament, though, such chatter could very well begin. In fact, you can make a case that the 2020 relegation playoff involves its strongest pair of teams seen in years. Germany has built an impressive U20 […]
For a while on Sunday, it appeared as though Kazakhstan’s U20 squad was going to produce another tight outcome against a Group A stalwart. But the Finns were packing a Puistola. Carolina Hurricanes prospect Patrik Puistola scored the opening goals of the 1st and 3rd periods and led Finland with […]
Canada (1-0-0-0) @ Russia (0-1-0-0) It’s probably the most hyped game on this side of the world outside of Canada/USA. Canada and Russia have given us some of the best World Juniors games in the history of the tournament. Canada in their opening game beat the Americans then were awarded […]
My efforts to preview Friday’s Slovakia vs Kazakhstan game at the World Juniors were stopped cold by a chilling news flash. A passenger plane carrying 100 people had slammed into a building in the Kazakhs’ homeland, and I feared the absolute worst, not believing the initial estimates of only a […]
Hate to break it to you, Kazzies, but it looks like we’ve got at least a fringe contender on our hands. Kazahkstan didn’t win its opener in the Czech Republic, but finished the day looking like the stronger of 2 likely relegation-round opponents. Team Kazakhstan U20 bothered Switzerland for 3 […]
Russia (0-0-0-0) @ Czech Republic (0-0-0-0) It’s time for Russia to prove themselves, it’s the beginning of the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championships and they will be facing the home nation on opening day. This could be a sneaky difficult game for the Russians as the Czech Republic always play […]
Two cycles ago Switzerland’s U20 ice hockey team was best-known for a viral fail.