Canada set for quarterfinal game against Slovakia on TSN

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TSN.ca Staff
5/16/2012 6:58:10 PM
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Team Canada's first playoff hurdle in their quest for a gold medal at the World Hockey Championship is a quarterfinal matchup with Slovakia on Thursday.

You can see the game live on TSN and TSN Mobile TV at 5:45am et/2:45am pt. The game can also be heard on TSN Radio 1050 Toronto.

Team Canada finished atop the Helsinki group with a record of six wins and one overtime loss, that being to the United States.

Defenceman Duncan Keith leads the team in scoring with one goal and 10 assists for 11 points in seven games.

Fellow blueliner Marc Methot will miss Thursday's game after he was handed a one-game suspension for a hit from behind against Belarus on Tuesday. Ryan Murray will take Methot's place in the lineup.

With a record of five wins and two losses, Slovakia finished fourth in the Helsinki group. Branko Radivojevic and Andrej Sekera lead the team in scoring with seven points each in seven games.

Canada skated to a 3-2 win over Slovakia in the opening game of the tournament for both teams almost two weeks ago.

Every quarterfinal game can be seen live on TSN and TSN Mobile TV on Thursday.

Russia takes on Norway at 8:30am et/5:30am pt, the United States faces Finland at 11:15am et/8:15am pt and Sweden hooks up with the Czech Republic at 2pm et/11am pt.

Jamie Benn and Corey Perry (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)

TSN's Game Notes

Winner plays winner of SWE/CZE

CAN beat SVK in their tournament opener (3-2)

CAN-22.7%, SVK-21%, 2 worst PPs of teams that made the QF

SVK-.925sv%, CAN-.924sv%, rank 3rd and 4th in team sv%

CAN:

Lost to RUS in QF in 2011

6 straight wins vs SVK, last lost in 2002

Lead the tournament in goals (35)

Ward(13) is 2nd all-time in wins for CAN (Burke-21), 8th in sv% .915 in tournament

Eberle, Tavares, RNH all lead CAN in goals with 4

Keith 1G, 10A leads CAN in PTS and all d-men

SVK:

Did not make QF last year

Tied with FIN (21) for fewest goals scored by teams who made the QF

88.9% best PK of teams in QF

Have 2 players with more than 2G, Kopecky and Radivojevic both with 4

Sekera (2G, 5A) and Radivojevic (4G, 3A) lead team in PTS

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