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Semifinals On Tap Today At The WJC

from Derek Van Diest at NHL.com,

All games on NHL Network in U.S., TSN and RDS in Canada

Canada vs. Czechia (4 p.m. ET) -- Canada, which defeated Switzerland 6-3 in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, has won its five games by a combined 33-10, including a 5-1 victory against Czechia during the preliminary round. Forward Mason McTavish (Anaheim Ducks), Canada's captain, leads the tournament in scoring with 14 points (seven goals, seven assists). His linemate, forward Connor Bedard, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2023 NHL Draft, has seven points (three goals, four assists) and is third at the WJC with a plus-8 rating. Goalie Dylan Garand (New York Rangers), who had 23 saves against Switzerland and has a 2.00 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in four games, is expected to start. Czechia upset the defending champion United States 4-2 in the quarterfinals after losing its final three games in the preliminary round. Forward Jan Mysak (Montreal Canadiens), Czechia's captain, scored their first goal in the quarterfinals and leads them with six points (four goals, two assists) in five games. Czechia has not finished in the top three at the WJC since it was third in 2005; it last won the tournament in 2001.

Sweden vs. Finland (8 p.m. ET) -- Sweden defeated Latvia 2-1 in the quarterfinals. Goalie Jesper Wallstedt (Minnesota Wild) has allowed six goals on 77 shots in three games (.922 save percentage).

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Nice of the CA coach to play the lowest skilled goalie for the majority of the games.

If Sweden and CA go to the finals, Wally will out play that kid and it’ll go down as a supreme performance from him.

It would be far more interesting a game to see Cossa and Wally play.

Instead we have 3A goalie playing.

Makes sense.

Posted by retrospecd on 08/19/22 at 12:41 PM ET

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Sorry to burst your bubble but I said that Cossa would get to play Austria and backup the rest of the way.  He is #2 and not as proven as Garand,  like I said Cossa still makes junior mistakes, he has to work those sloppy coverages out or he will end up being a GR career goalie.

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 08/19/22 at 03:42 PM ET

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Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 08/19/22 at 03:42 PM ET

Have you watched any of the games?

Garand is 1 year older and his stats are nowhere near astronomically better than Cossa’s.

Garand isn’t some 10 year vet vs a rookie and his last game proved that.

Posted by retrospecd on 08/19/22 at 04:17 PM ET

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So you think a guy who has worse stats, but not astronomically worse, should be staring over players with better stats?

Posted by GMoney on 08/21/22 at 12:40 PM ET

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