Canada’s National Men’s Team completes the fundamental round Tuesday in a position it didn’t expect; requiring a success to totally get a spot in the quarterfinals at the 2022 IIHF World Championship.
Canada fell behind right on time and, in spite of drawing near, couldn’t find the tying objective as it dropped its second straight, 3-2 to Denmark. Max Comtois scored right off the bat in the second time frame to divide the Danish lead and Ryan Graves made it a one-objective game again late in the third, however that would be essentially as close as the Canadians got. Chris Driedger made 21 recoveries between the lines for Canada.
France shockingly leaped out to a mid 2-0 lead on Switzerland prior to falling 5-2 to the Group A pioneers on Sunday. Alexandre Texier and Valentin Claireaux had the two first-time frame objectives for France and Sebastian Ylonen made 12 recoveries to take that lead. Yet, Switzerland addressed 25 seconds into the subsequent period, tied it around the 12-minute imprint and had the lead before the center edge was finished.
Canada and France last met at the universes in 2019, a 5-2 win for Canada – its fourth-consecutive triumph against the French. Canada leaped out to a 3-0 lead (from Anthony Mantha, Darnell Nurse and Anthony Cirelli) in the primary period, however France replied back with objectives in the second and third period to slice the lead to 3-2. Mantha and Mark Stone added protection markers halfway through the third and Carter Hart made 21 recoveries to get the success.
WHAT TO WATCH
Slow beginnings keep on tormenting Canada, as it has surrendered the principal objective in three of its six games, including two of the last three. It is additionally returning off to-back misfortunes – meaning the coordinate against France has season finisher suggestions. However long Canada can get essentially a solitary point against France, even a guideline win from Slovakia won’t be sufficient to take out the reigning champs from the season finisher picture.
France is out of conflict for a season finisher spot and isn’t at risk for transfer, so everything being equal, this group is playing for pride and little else. However, as we’ve heard over and over, groups will continuously bring their A-game against Canada. France will be refreshed and includes one of the top goaltenders in the competition in Henri Corentin Buysse, who claims a .931 save rate in four games.
A LOOK BACK
Canada and France have played multiple times at the universes, with Canada holding the reasonable benefit – 12 successes and an in addition to 64 objective differential.
France has made things really fascinating lately. It’s latest success came in 2014, a 3-2 shootout triumph, and in 2017 the Canadians dug out from a deficit for a 3-2 prelim win. Ryan O’Reilly included in the principal period and Claude Giroux tied the game as of now of the prior second Marc-Edouard Vlasic won it for Canada from the get-go in the third.
All-time record: Canada leads 12-2-0 (W-L-T)
Canada objectives: 85
France objectives: 21