2023 mwc may 25 can fin

IIHF Worlds Preview: Canada vs. Finland

Thursday, May 25 | 1:20 p.m. ET | Tampere, Finland | Quarterfinal

Jonathan Yue
May 25, 2023

It’s on to the playoffs at the 2023 IIHF World Championship, and Canada’s National Men’s Team looks to get the job done in the quarterfinals against the co-host Finland on Thursday in a rematch of the last three gold medal games.

Last Game

Canada earned a 3-1 win over Czechia in its preliminary-round finale on Tuesday. Tyler Myers scored the game-winner, Peyton Krebs and Lawson Crouse added goals of their own and Canada piled up 44 shots on goal to clinch second place in Group B.

Finland wrapped up its prelim schedule with a 7-1 win over Denmark on Tuesday. Bjorn Hannes finished with a goal and two assists, Mikael Seppala added three helpers and the Finns scored the game’s first seven goals en route to the win.

Last Meeting

Canada and Finland faced off last year in Tampere for the gold medal, with Canada falling 4-3 in overtime . Mathew Barzal recorded three assists, including two in the third period to help send the game to overtime, while Zach Whitecloud, Dylan Cozens and Max Comtois provided the offence.

What to Watch

Canada hasn’t been shy when it comes to getting shots on goal, its 270 shots led all teams during the preliminary round. Leading the charge in the shots department is captain Tyler Toffoli, who racked up 29 shots in seven games, averaging 4.14 per game. With the Finns allowing the third-most shots against (211), Emil Larmi could be seeing a whole lot of rubber.

It wasn’t busy (the Finns took just 14 penalties, second-fewest in the prelims), but Finland’s penalty kill has been one of the best in the tournament. The co-hosts allowed just one power-play goal against in those 14 opportunities, negating 92.86 percent of its shorthanded situations. Only Latvia (19-for-20, 95.0%) was better. It also has one of just four shorthanded goals (Juho Lammiko scored a man short against the Danes), so special teams will be key for the Finns.

A Look Back

The two countries are very familiar with each other at the world championship, with Thursday’s game marking their 54th matchup.

Prior to last year’s meeting for the gold medal, Canada and Finland met in the final in 2021, where Nick Paul scored 6:26 into overtime to give Canada a 3-2 victory and its 27th world title, and in the 2019, when Shea Theodore scored the lone Canadian goal in a 3-1 loss in Bratislava .

All-time record: Canada leads 37-14-2 (3-3 in OT/SO)

Canada goals: 276

Finland goals: 121

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