United States vs. Finland. We’ve seen this before.
Less than a year away from a heart-wrenching loss to the gold-medal game – in a goal by Kaapo Kakkos in less than two minutes – the US meet Finland again when the two nations goalkeeper in the quarter-finals of the 2020 exhibition.
Like last year, the United States and Finland are entering the game as seed no. 2 and no. 3 of their respective teams. but these two teams are good enough even in the statistics. Both groups have a 13% efficiency. However, the Finns have a slightly better team, winning 0.915 in the US (.879). While both teams have similar efficacy in power play, Suomi was effective in killing the human advantage (85%).
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All eyes will be on the design of the Anaheim Ducks, the Trevor Zegras in this one. The American completed the preliminary round as a leader in the single-assists tournament (nine). New York and Ottawa Saunders winners Shane Pinto have also scored four goals in four games and the US hopes shooter Cole Caufield will come around to light the lamp with a victory in the long distance game of the Czechs on Monday.
Banker Spencer Knight, who has appeared steady between the pipes from exit six to Canadians on Boxing Day, will have his hands full on it. Finland has a handful of tournament top scorers Patrik Puistola and Kristian Tanus and a blue line full of longtime players and shooters in the Ville Heinola (Winnipeg Jets), Lassi Thomson (Ottawa Senators), Anttoni Honka Mikko Hurrican Kokkonen (Toronto Maple Leafs).
The meeting marks the first time since 2015 that there is a gold metal rematch in next year’s semifinals. Sweden took revenge the following year against the Finns. Will the US have the same effect?
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10:20 am – The American lines are here.