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

THE FACTS

When does Finland vs Denmark start? Thursday 16th May, 2019 – 19:15 (UK)

Where is Finland vs Denmark being played? Steel Arena, Sloavkia

What television channel is Finland vs Denmark on in the UK? This match will be not be televised live in the UK

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

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

THE STATISTICS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting: Denmark 1-2 Finland

THE TEAM NEWS

FINLAND

  • Finland have made a strong start to the 2019 IIHF World Championships but having won their first two matches, they went down to the USA in a thrilling contest that had that to be settled in overtime.

  • The Finns defeated one of the competition favourites in Canada in their first game, claiming a 3-1 win before backing that up with a 4-2 victory over Slovakia but were just pipped 3-2 by the USA.

  • Impressive youngster Kaapo Kakko was unable to find the back of the net following his double against Canada and hat-trick versus Slovakia with the inexperienced Finns hoping the 18-year-old can get back to scoring ways in this contest.

DENMARK

  • Denmark have enjoyed a solid start to this year’s competition with two wins and a narrow defeat on their record so far but face a tricky test against a side they will be competing for a quarter-final spot with.

  • The Danes defeated France 5-4 in a game that was settled by a shootout as they lost 2-1 to Germany but then produced a scintillating display as they hammered Great Britain in a 9-0 shutout.

  • Denmark have made two further additions to their roster with forward Patrick Russell of the Edmonton Oilers and Bakersfield Condors set to arrive in Slovakia today and he will be joined by Matias Lassen of Malmo Redhawks who could feature in this game.

THE PREDICTION

This is set to be an exciting contest between two teams who have aspirations of causing some shocks in this year’s tournament. Both are capable of reaching the quarter-finals and even going beyond that but this game could be decisive over the fate of each side. Finland lost a narrow contest with USA last time out but have shown some great signs so far as their young side plays with freedom and despite Denmark proving to be worthy opponents, they can edge this.