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Men’s Worlds Preview: Canada vs. Denmark

Monday, May 23 | 1:20 p.m. ET | Helsinki, Finland | Preliminary Round

May 22, 2022
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TV: TSN | Stream: TSN Direct

Canada’s National Men’s Team looks to secure a spot in the quarterfinals and bounce back after its first loss at the 2022 IIHF World Championship when it faces off against Denmark on Monday.

LAST GAME

Canada and Switzerland played in one of the most entertaining games of the tournament in a battle for top spot in Group A on Saturday – a 6-3 loss for the Canadians. Kent Johnson, Adam Lowry (shorthanded) and Drake Batherson scored in the first period for Canada, but the Swiss answered within two minutes every time, sending the teams to the dressing room tied 3-3 after an entertaining 20 minutes. That would be it for scoring, as the Swiss netted the winner in the second period and added a pair of insurance markers in the third.

Denmark last saw action against France on Saturday, picking up a big 3-0 win that put it in sole possession of fourth place in Group A. Peter Regin scored for Denmark in the first period, and that stood up as the game-winning goal thanks to a 19-save performance from Sebastian Dahm. Joachim Blichfeld and Julian Jakobsen also scored for the Danes.

LAST MEETING

It’s been three years since these teams met at the worlds, a 5-0 win for Canada in Kosice, Slovakia. Pierre-Luc Dubois opened the scoring exactly one minute into the game, followed by Jared McCann and Jonathan Marchessault to round out the opening 20 minutes. Sam Reinhart added goals in the second and third for good measure, while Carter Hart and Mackenzie Blackwood shared the shutout with 24 saves.

WHAT TO WATCH

Canada easily kept pace in the fiery first period against the Swiss, but as the game slowed, so did the Canadian scoring chances. Special teams were a major factor – Canada was 0-for-3 on the power play and gave up two power-play goals (though Lowry scored shorthanded). Look for special teams to be a focus for Canada going forward.

Denmark may be in fourth place for now, but it’s anything but secure with games against Canada and Slovakia remaining. The Danes were blown out by the Swiss and lost a tight one to the Germans, but can be in control of their own fate. A win over Canada would go a long way in securing a spot in the quarterfinals.

A LOOK BACK

There have only been seven previous meetings between Canada and Denmark at the worlds, though the first of all those still stands as a historical record for Canada.

The first ever game between these teams in 1949 ended in a 47-0 win for Canada. That remains record for most goals in a game, with a 33-0 victory over Belgium the following year as the second-highest total. More recently, a 7-1 win in 2018 saw Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored twice and Connor McDavid add three helpers.

All-time record: Canada leads 6-0-1 (W-L-T)
Canada goals: 75
Denmark goals: 8

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
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