FINLAND VS. RUSSIA AT 1:00 PM MT - SPORTSNET
Jyrki Jokipakka and Finland will try and spoil the party for Russia when they face off on Thursday afternoon. Finland was eliminated from the World Cup after Team North America's 4-3 overtime win yesterday but can eliminate Russia from the tournament if they pick up a win today.
Finland has not released its lineup but they have announced Tuukka Rask will get the start in net. Jokipakka, who was scratched in Finland's first game but played on Tuesday against Sweden, is expected to remain in the lineup. He had 10:43 of ice time in Finland's 2-0 loss to Mikael Backlund and Sweden.
Finnish scout/advisor Kimmo Timonen sees this tournament being a springboard for Jokipakka, leading into a strong season with the Calgary Flames.
"He's a good, young player. He just needs experience and some good games, and he will be here for a long time. Obviously he's a good size, and he can skate pretty well," Timonen said. "He sees the ice pretty well.
"It is a good experience for him, but now it's another step. He has to take another step to make it to the NHL, but I'm sure this tournament will help, and he will get his chance for sure."
USA VS. CZECH REPUBLIC AT 6:00 PM MT - SPORTSNET
Both countries will be aiming to collect their first win of the tournament when the USA takes on Michael Frolik and the Czech Republic at 6:00 PM MT.
The Americans and the Czechs lost their first two games of the tournament, eliminating them from the World Cup after this evening's tilt.
Petr Mrazaek will get the start in net for the Czech Republic while the USA could go with Ben Bishop or Cory Schneider as Jonathan Quick played in his country's first two games.
Frolik, heading into his second season with the Flames, has been held pointless in the Czech Republic's first two games of the tournament.