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Men’s Worlds Preview: Canada vs. Switzerland

Saturday, May 21 | 9:20 a.m. ET | Helsinki, Finland | Preliminary Round

May 20, 2022
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TV: TSN | Stream: TSN Direct

Only two teams remain undefeated in Group A at the 2022 IIHF World Championship, and they’ll go head-to-head on Saturday with first place on the line when Canada’s National Men’s Team faces off against Switzerland.

LAST GAME

Canada did not have the start it wanted against Kazakhstan, falling behind 1-0 less than three minutes in, but the Canadians stuck to it and pulled out the 6-3 win to improve to 4-0 . Dylan Cozens – on his way to a hat trick – responded just over a minute after the opening goal, and Drake Batherson and Adam Lowry put Canada ahead before the end of the first period. The game calmed significantly in the second and third periods and Canada remained in control, thanks in part to great play from netminder Logan Thompson, who made 16 saves in the win.

Switzerland has played in some tight games this week, but its 5-3 victory over Slovakia was the toughest. Denis Malgin added an goal and an assist to his tournament totals and Pius Suter had three helpers for the Swiss, who couldn’t seem to put distance between themselves and pesky Slovaks, despite a 30-16 advantage in shots on goal.

LAST MEETING

Canada and Switzerland last played at worlds in 2019, a thrilling 3-2 overtime win for the Canadians in the quarterfinals. Damon Severson, who is back for Canada this year, tied the game with less than a second to play and Mark Stone buried the winner 5:07 into the extra frame. Matt Murray made 22 saves for Canada, while Swiss goaltender Leonardo Genoni (who is backstopping Switzerland again this year) made 39 stops.

WHAT TO WATCH

Canada has had a few slow starts and likely can’t take that risk against the Swiss. But with the depth scoring Canada has displayed, it will have lots of chances to get out to an early lead. Cozens’ hat trick was a signal the Canadians can be dangerous at any time, but the real bonus was two of those three goals coming on the power play. If Canada is really starting to connect with the man advantage, opposition teams should be careful to stay out of the box.

Switzerland has easily been one of the best teams in Group A. It has a plus-12 goals differential and has yet to trail in any of its four games. It also boasts the tournament scoring leader in Malgin (4-4—8), but there hasn’t been a lot of balanced scoring, with four players accounting for more than half the Swiss goals. Defensive consistency in the third period has also been an issue, as the Swiss have given up five of seven goals in the final frame.

A LOOK BACK

Canada and Switzerland have met more than 30 times at worlds, and though the games often end in Canada’s favour, they are often only won by a single goal.

In the last six meetings, Canada and Switzerland have finished with a 3-2 score five times. The lone deviation from that was a 7-2 win for Canada in 2015. Tyler Seguin and Nathan MacKinnon had Canada up 2-1 after the first period before Aaron Ekbald, Jordan Eberle and Cody Eakin put the game away for good in the second.

All-time record: Canada leads 26-4-2 (W-L-T)

Canada goals: 167

Switzerland goals: 51

For more information:

Dominick Saillant
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
514-895-9706
dsaillant@hockeycanada.ca

 

Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
emadziya@hockeycanada.ca

 

Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
Office: 403-777-4567
Mobile: 905-906-5327
ssharkey@hockeycanada.ca

 

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