With the announcement of the 2019 World Juniors USA Team schedules by the IIHF that are set to take place between the 26th of December this year and go all the way to the 5th of January in 2019 in Vancouver and Victoria B.C in Canada, the competition is stiff and it’s quite difficult to tell who will walk home with what winnings.
Over the past years, the USA has claimed medals in 3 consecutive years in these games and the trend was broke in the 2017-2018 games by Canada who will be defending their position come this year’s games.
In the 2016-2017 games, they emerged as the top winners taking home the gold title and in 2018, they came second place winning the bronze title which was also the case in the year 2016. From this trend, the likelihood that they’ll be among the winning teams this year is quite high.
The 2019 schedule
This year, USA will be playing against 4 teams before the commencement of the quarterfinals. The teams are Sweden, Slovakia, Finland and Kazakhstan all of which are in group B including the USA team Let’s put a spotlight on either of these teams and see how they fare against the USA team.
Finland vs the USA
The last time that these two teams met was a year ago. Close to the preliminaries, the USA team had a narrow win of 5-4 against Finland and this was close to the preliminary round plays.
The two teams claim a 50-50 win of the last 4 gold medals whereby the USA won in the 2013 and 2017 games and Finland won in the 2014 and 2016 games. Previously, these teams have met a total of 32 times and in all cases, USA proves to be a better team.
Kazakhstan vs the USA
These two teams last met in the preliminary rounds in the year 2008 and in the games, USA had an outstanding win of 12-0 against Kazakhstan.
In the past years, this is the 5th time these two teams are meeting and with the record being 4-0 and in favor of the USA with a total of an amazing 24 goals, the odds in this year’s games are in favor of the USA.
Slovakia vs the USA
These two teams last met in the previous IIHF world junior championship games and Slovakia, in this case, took the win against the USA of 3-2.
On the other hand, based on the history of the two teams in the world championship games, the USA team holds the advantage in all the 17 times they have met. Come this year, the outcome as to which team will win is unpredictable.
Sweden vs the USA
These two teams last met only a year ago and this was in the semifinals of the 2018 IIHF World Juniors championship games. In the game, Sweden took the win of 4-2 against the USA.
Previously, the teams have met 32 times and from the history, US has never lost a medal game to Sweden which leaves the odds this year in the favor of the USA team.
Now, there you have it, the chances that the US will make it to the finals are high but who knows, you never know how the games will lay out.
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