Brock Nelson (USA) and Thomas Greiss
(Germany) are both through to the medal round at 2016 IIHF World Championships, with the quarter-finals commencing on Thursday.
Team USA will play the Czech Republic on Thursday at 9:15 a.m. ET on NBCSN with a live stream on NBC Live Extra, while Germany will play Russia at 1:15 p.m. ET.
Germany has been one of the pleasant surprises of the 2016 Worlds, finishing third in Group B, ahead of Team USA and Slovakia, qualifying for quarters for the first time in five years.
Greiss has been a catalyst for Germany’s success, winning three straight games since joining his countrymen after the Islanders’ playoff run. Prior to Greiss’ arrival, Germany was 1-0-1-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) and now they are 4-0-1-2. Greiss’ best game came against Nelson and Team USA, as the goalie made 31 saves in a 3-2 win over his Islanders’ teammate. Greiss even netted an assist in a preliminary win over Hungary, so things are going well for him in Russia.
Team USA’s road to the quarters was a little bumpier, finishing fourth in Group B with a 3-0-1-3 record. Nelson recorded a goal and an assist in his three games with the national team, his team going 1-0-1-1 over that span. The Warroad, MN, native is riding a two-game point streak, scoring in the preliminary finale on Tuesday.