Four games, four wins – the World Cup quarter-final for the German ice hockey team is almost perfect. Now it's time to finish the preliminary round against the top nations Canada, USA and Finland. The beginning on Saturday is the duel with the Canadians.
THE OPPONENT: Canada is 26-time world champion and co-favorite for the title. In the squad are only NHL players. But the Canadians have not really convinced yet. "We have not seen the strongest Canada yet. There's a lot more to come, "said national coach Toni Söderholm.
THE INITIAL SITUATION: The quarter-final after the four German wins from the first four games as well as fix and can finally be perfect before the match against Canada – if the US team wins against Denmark. With further points, Germany can improve the starting position for the knockout round and avoid top favorite Russia.
THE STATISTICS: It looks pretty bad. Of the 21 World Cup games so far, the German team lost 19. The only victory is 23 years back. In 2001 there was also a 3: 3.
THE STAFF: Moritz Seider certainly falls out after the wicked gang check against him in the match against Slovakia (3: 2). Söderholm also indicated that he also wanted to spare Philipp Grubauer. The NHL keeper had injured in the 4: 1 against France.
CAPTAIN MORITZ MÜLLER SAYS: "So far, they have definitely fulfilled their homework. We treat the game with respect. They will demand everything from us. "
THE PERSPECTIVE: On Sunday is already the next game against the USA (16.15 clock / Sport1 and DAZN) on. Germany then plays against Finland at the end of the preliminary round on Tuesday (12.15 pm / Sport1 and DAZN).