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

THE FACTS

When does Finland vs Great Britain start? Friday 17th May, 2019 – 19:15 (UK)

Where is Finland vs Great Britain being played? Steel Arena, Slovakia

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

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

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

THE STATISTICS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting: This is the first meeting between Finland and Great Britain

THE TEAM NEWS

FINLAND

  • Finland’s inexperienced roster continued to impress as they bounced back from their narrow defeat to the United States with a 3-1 victory over Denmark to put themselves in a great position to make the quarter-finals.

  • Despite going a goal down in the second period, the Finns hit back to lead heading into the third period before a Harri Pesonen goal gave them some breathing space as they secured the victory.

  • Finnish goaltender Kevin Lankinen was able to stop 25 of 26 shots faced against Denmark which took his save percentage to 94.44% for the competition and is set to retain his place with Finland winning all three games that he has been selected for.

GREAT BRITAIN

  • Great Britain put up a decent fight against the United States as they showed some better signs following two shutouts in their previous matches but they still remain without a win in the competition.

  • After losing to Canada and Denmark by a combined score of 17-0, the 6-3 reverse against the USA highlighted the improved performance against one of the favourites to claim the World Championship.

  • British goalie Ben Bowns has now made more saves than anyone else in the tournament so far with 144 having faced 65 against the USA but he was named as his side’s player of the match following a superb display and his side would have conceded more than six goals had it not been for his heroics.

THE PREDICTION

Great Britain showed some promising signs in defeat against the USA as they look for their first points of the 2019 IIHF World Championships but will need to find a win soon if they are to avoid relegation having worked so hard to get back amongst the elite nations. They now face a young Finland side that have been one of the surprise packages of the competition and they will be able to condemn Britain to another defeat here as they attempt to find the back of the net more frequently than they have managed so far.