Sweden is the team to beat at the World Championship

Sabres forward Johan Larsson is playing for Team Sweden

Paul Hamilton
May 16, 2018 - 2:03 pm

Photo: Martin Meissner - Associated Press

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(WGR 550) - Team Sweden was already playing well at the World Championship, but the Group A winner got a huge lift by adding Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson and Patric Hornqvist after Nashville and Pittsburgh were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Sabres forward Johan Larsson is also playing for Sweden, picking up no goals and one assist in seven games.

Sweden has won all seven of its games and finished four points ahead of Russia in Group A. That means for the quarterfinals on Thursday, Sweden will crossover and play the fourth place team in Group B, which is Latvia.

Former Sabres goalie Anders Nilsson (VAN) has played four games for Team Sweden, giving up just four goals. His goals against is tied for the tournament lead at 1.00 with a .951 save percentage.

Team USA lost only once, which tied them with Finland for the top spot in Group B. Both teams had 16 points, but Team USA earned only four regulation wins while Finland had five. That meant both teams had 16 points and Finland had the tie breaker.

Patrick Kane (CHI) is tied with Sebastian Aho (CAR) of Finland for the tournament scoring lead with 17 points in seven games.

Kane leads the tournament with 11 assists, while Aho has scored the most goals with nine.

With its second place finish, Team USA will crossover and play Group A’s third place team, the Czech Republic. Like the Americans, the Czechs only have one loss, but only three of their six wins came in regulation.

David Pastrnak showed up after the Bruins were eliminated and in four games has four goals and five points.

Team USA got defenseman Charlie McAvoy from the Bruins, and in three games has three goals and five assists for eight points.

Team Canada will play Russia in the quarterfinals. Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly scored goals in Canada’s first three games, but doesn’t have a point since.

Team Russia has gotten four goals and an assist from former Sabre, Mikhail Grigorenko.

If you'd like to watch Team USA play the Czech Republic on Thursday, it'll be on the NHL Network at 10:15 a.m.

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