2021 WJC GAME DAY THREAD: CANADA (2-0-0-0) vs. SWITZERLAND (0-0-0-2) DEC. 29th, 2020 6pm EST TSN1, 3, 4 and 5
After an off day in the Edmonton bubble, Canada returns to the ice at 6pm EST tonight to face Switzerland. Canada will see Braden Schneider (D) return to the lineup after serving his one game suspension. Forward Dylan Holloway is playing with an upper body injury and it is reported that he will play tonight as well. Coach Andre Tourigny shuffled his lines in practice yesterday and they looked like this:
Holloway – McMichael – Cozens
Perfetti – Newhook – Krebs
Quinn – Byfield – Pelletier
Mercer – Suzuki – Tomasino
The Swiss team does not carry any players currently drafted by NHL teams, they are undergoing a bit of a transformation. One player to watch will be Lorenzo Canonica (#14), a 17 year old center. He may join the Shawinigan Cataractes of the QMJHL after the WJC and is NHL draft eligible for next season. Switzerland is looking for their first points of the tournament, coming off a 1-0 loss to Slovakia on opening day and a 4-1 loss to Finland on Sunday.
Swiss teams have confounded Canada in recent international play at various levels. Canada would be best not to take this game lightly; it could be another game that is frustrating for us to watch and for them to play in until they can manage to open up the score a bit. But (Daren Dreger voice) then again it could be another game with lots of goals for Canada. Good teams get better as the tournament progresses, and after a bit of a challenge vs. Slovakia I look for Canada to come out strong tonight. Enjoy the game.