Switzerland vs. Sweden
The Swedes have locked up top spot in Group B with a 3-0 record. but Switzerland has a lot on the line in this one- anything other than a regulation win means they are in danger of dropping to the relegation round if the Czechs can defeat Russia. With the group sewed up, Sweden may not go full throttle to save themselves for the quarterfinals, opening up an opportunity for the Swiss to steal one. That said, the Swedes have been unstoppable in the preliminary round in recent years and will be looking to continue that streak.
Russia vs. Czech Republic
The Russians aren't exactly in a comfortable position. They can actually tumble down the Group B standings with a regulation loss to the Czechs and if the Swiss can steal one from Sweden. That should give them plenty of motivation to defeat the Czechs, locking up second place in the group. The Czechs have been underwhelming thus far, but if their offensive stars can find the back of the net, we may have an upset. This will be an exciting game, no doubt.
Germany vs. Finland
The Finns have been the biggest disappointment in the tournament. After winning it all last season, they now sit with just a single point and are at risk of playing for relegation. If the Germans can win in regulation or overtime, they will leap frog the Finns four fourth, earning a quarterfinal game. With Finland hosting the tournament next year, potentially being relegated opens up a whole new can of worms. They will want to win this one dearly.
Canada vs. USA
The marquee matchup everybody's been waiting for is here. McDavid vs. Eichel. The Battle of North America. However you sell it, this one has the makings of another classic. On the line is top spot in Group A, not to mention bragging rights for either nation and its young draft-eligible stars. Canada has made the somewhat surprising decision to start Eric Comrie in net over Zach Fucale. The teams are evenly matched with the exception of the powerplay, where Canada has a decided advantage. This is a must-watch for CBJ fans, as they'll have three of their prospects in action.