Nashville’s World Championship delegates all returned to the ice in the last 24 hours.
Monday, Team USA (Seth Jones, Jimmy Vesey and Steve Moses), Team Sweden (Filip Forsberg and Mattias Ekholm) and Team Finland (Pekka Rinne and Juuse Saros) all recorded wins. Earlier on Tuesday, Roman Josi, Kevin Fiala and Team Switzerland tallied their second win of the tournament.
Jones, Vesey, Moses and Team USA faced Russia in a battle of the last two unbeaten teams in Group B. Led by two points from Jones, who assisted on the Americans’ first and second goals, Team USA took home the 4-2 victory. In addition to his two assists, Jones tallied 24:57 time on ice, second among American skaters and two shots, second among team blueliners. Jimmy Vesey recorded an assist, his second of the tournament, on former Pred Mark Arcobello’s game-winning goal in the third period. Moses recorded a single shot and skated 11:05.
Through three games, Jones is second among American blueliners in points (2a-2pts) and tied with Vesey for second on the team in assists (2). Moses, who has two points (1g-1a), is tied for fourth among U.S skaters in shots on goal (6).
Sweden won their second regulation game in a row on Monday (eight points), an 8-1 victory over Latvia. Three games into the tournament, Sweden is one point back of Team Canada (nine points), whom they play on Wednesday, for the top spot in Group A.
Coming off of his hat trick, four-point performance on Sunday, Forsberg recorded the third goal of the game for Tre Kronor. Four goals in three games played ties Forsberg for the top spot among tournament players in goals scored (with Canada’s Taylor Hall) and his five total points (4g-1a) put him in a tie for fourth overall.
Ekholm tallied an assist on Loui Eriksson’s game-winning goal against Latvia and finished the game with three shots, tied for the top spot among Swedish blueliners. With eight total shots through three games played, Ekholm is tied for fifth among tournament defensemen, just two shots back of Preds teammate Roman Josi for third.
After bouncing back from a game one loss against the United States, Finland, led by Rinne in net, has rattled off two consecutive shutout wins, most recently beating Norway 5-0 on Monday.
Against the Norwegians, Rinne stopped all 20 shots to record his fifth World Championship shutout in the last two years, improving his save percentage in the last two World Championships to .930 (12 games played). Rinne is among the leaders at the 2015 World Championship in both goals-against average (1.35) and save percentage (.935).
Switzerland beat the Germans 1-0 on Tuesday to move into the third position in Group A behind Canada and Sweden. Fiala tallied two shots on goal against Germany; for the tournament, the 18-year-old’s two points (2a) tie him for third on the team in points and for second in assists.
Josi continues to lead the Swiss, skating 26:21 against Germany, the third consecutive game he has led the team in time on ice and the third time that his time on ice total has been three minutes or more than the next closest Swiss skater’s time on ice.
In addition to leading the Swiss in ice time, Josi is tied for the team lead in points (1g-2a-3pts), a mark that puts him in the Top Five among all tournament defensemen. He is also tied for third among tournament blueliners in shots on goal (10) and one of just fivedefensemen that have scored game-winning goals in tournament play so far.
Switzerland and Sweden return to the ice on Wednesday for their fourth game of the 2015 World Championship. The Swiss battle Latvia and Tre Kronor takes on Canada, the top team in Group A (Canada has nine points (3-0-0-0) to Sweden’s eight (2-1-0-0)). On Thursday, Finland takes on Slovakia and the United States takes on Belarus as they return to the ice after a two-day break. Sweden plays again on Thursday – facing Germany in the second half of a two games in two days stint.
The World Championship’s Preliminary Round continues through May 12 before the Quarterfinals begin on May 14. All of the United States’ games are shown live via NBC Sports Network or live stream online. For more information on how all the Nashville Predators representatives are doing at the event, stay tuned to NashvillePredators.com.