2019 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships – Finland vs Canada Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Finland vs Canada start? Friday 10th May, 2019 – 15:15 (UK)

Where is Finland vs Canada being played? Steel Arena, Slovakia

What television channel is Finland vs Canada on in the UK? This match will be televised live on FreeSports (Sky channel 422)

Where can I stream Finland vs Canada in the UK? This match cannot be streamed live in the UK

Where can I get tickets for Finland vs Canada? https://www.iihf.com/en/events/2019/wm/static/6180/tickets

THE STATISTICS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting: Canada 1-5 Finland

THE TEAM NEWS

FINLAND

  • Finland are one of a group of nations that will be looking to cause an upset at this year’s IIHF World Championship with them not expected to challenge for a medal but have the ability to do so if they perform to their maximum.

  • The Finns came in fifth position in last year’s tournament and have been highly competitive in their warm-up matches with wins over the Czech Republic and Russia followed by a narrow loss to Sweden.

  • Finland don’t possess any NHL talent amongst their roster with their team made up predominately from players in the Finnish league as well as a smattering of KHL talent but they work well as a team and possess ability in both attack and defence.

CANADA

  • Canada will look to get back amongst the medals after losing out in the bronze-medal game to the United States last year which brought to an end of three consecutive years with a medal.

  • Back-to-back gold medals in 2015 and 2016 were followed by a silver in 2017 but the Canadians enter this year’s competition vying for favouritism with Russia and with a talented roster, they can challenge once again.

  • Canada have strength in depth throughout their roster and boast some impressive young talent but John Tavares will be the key man and after scoring 47 goals for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 18/19 season, he will be tasked with leading his side to glory.

THE PREDICTION

Canada face Finland in what should be a superb contest in their opening match of the 2019 IIHF World Championships. The Canadians are one of the favourites to lift the crown but Finland could pose some problems for them in this game although they should have enough to claim the win. With a talented roster packed full of big names as well as exciting up and coming players, they can go all the way in this tournament and will get their campaign off to a solid start with a win here.