Group B at the 2023 World Juniors will be decided on Saturday afternoon, as the United States meets Finland on the final day of group play.
The USA grabbed a 5-1 win over Switzerland on Thursday to give the team six points in the standings. After splitting their first two games, the Americans put together a strong, 60-minute effort for the first time at the tournament.
The top line of Logan Cooley, Jimmy Snuggerud and Cutter Gauthier led the offense for the USA. Snuggerud scored twice, Cooley had a goal and an assist and Gauthier added two helpers in the win.
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“There’s a lot of good players in this tournament and for us to be the so-called first line, we need to start producing a little more,” Cooley said after the win. “I thought we did that today. We were moving the puck way better. And obviously, when our whole line is going, we’re going individually.”
After an overtime loss to Switzerland to start the World Juniors, Finland picked up wins over Slovakia and Latvia. The Finns have seven points at the tournament and are in first place in Group B entering play on Saturday.
With the United States sitting just one point behind the Finns, the winner of today’s contest will get the No. 1 seed in Group B and potentially a more favorable matchup in the quarterfinals.
The Sporting News has all you need to watch the USA vs. Finland in the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship, including the start time and TV channels for viewers in the United States and Canada.
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What channel is USA vs. Finland on today?
- Network (U.S.): NHL Network
- Network (Canada): TSN 1/4
TSN has all the World Juniors action in Canada, while in the United States, viewers can find the games on NHL Network.
Stephen Nelson will provide play-by-play coverage for NHL Network. Analyst Dave Starman and reporter Jon Rosen will join him.
Dennis Beyak and Craig Button will be on the call for the USA games for TSN. Laura Diakun and Dave Reid will be in the studio.
How to live stream World Juniors hockey games
U.S. fans can stream the tournament on fuboTV (which comes with a free trial), NHL.tv or the NHL app.
Fans in Canada can stream all World Juniors games on TSN.ca or the TSN app.
USA vs. Finland start time
- Start time: 4 p.m. ET (5 p.m. AST)
The puck will drop at 4 p.m. ET (5 p.m. local time) from the Avenir Centre in Moncton, N.B., home of the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats.
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It is the final group play game of the tournament for both teams.
USA vs. Finland odds
- USA: -1.5 (+114)
- Finland: +1.5 (-159)
- O/U: 6
The USA is a slight 1.5-goal favorite on the puck line for its game against Finland, according to Sports Interaction.
USA World Juniors schedule 2023
(All times Eastern)
|Dec. 26||Latvia||W, 5-2||4 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|Dec. 28||Slovakia||L, 6-3||4 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|Dec. 29||Switzerland||W, 5-1||4 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|Dec. 31||Finland||—||4 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|Jan. 2||TBD (Quarterfinals)||—||TBD||TSN, NHLN|
|Jan. 4||TBD (Semifinals)||—||TBD||TSN, NHLN|
|Jan. 5||TBD (Gold-medal game)||—||TBD||TSN, NHLN|
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