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World Championship Weekend Wrap-Up

by Alexis Tahara / Nashville Predators

The puck dropped on the 2015 IIHF World Championship in the Czech Republic on Friday, and over the weekend eight of the nine Nashville Predators representatives saw time on the ice.

Here’s a look at how Nashville’s delegates are faring:

Team USA

(Recorded a 5-1 win over Finland and a 2-1 victory over Norway, tied for the top spot in Group B)

Seth Jones:

  • Led the Americans in time on ice in Friday's contest, tallying 21:28 against Finland and 23:14 against Norway.
  • Has three shots on goal and is a +1 through two games played.

Steve Moses:

  • Recorded the first goal of the tournament for Team USA and went on to tally two total points (1g-1a) against Finland.

Jimmy Vesey:

  • Skated 15:25 in the opening game of the tournament.
  • Tallied the lone assist on Trevor Lewis’ game-tying goal against Norway.
  • Recorded three shots on goal against Norway, tied for second on the team in the category.

Team Finland

(Lost 5-1 to Team USA and recorded a 3-0 win over Denmark, fifth in Group B)

Pekka Rinne:

  • Has started both games for Team Finland.
  • Shut out the Danes on Sunday, stopping all 16 of the team’s shots on goal.
  • Through two games, has a 2.08 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage.

Juuse Sarros:

  • Dressed for both of Finland’s games, but has not seen action on the ice.

Team Sweden

(Recorded a 6-5 shootout victory over the Czech Republic and a 6-1 regulation win over Austria, sit in second place in Group A)

Mattias Ekholm:

  • Recorded an assist on Staffan Kronwall’s goal that moved the score to 2-0 in favor of Sweden early in the game against the Czech Republic.
  • Tied for the lead among Swedish blueliners in shots on goal (5) and in the tournament’s Top 15 defensemen in the category.

Filip Forsberg:

  • Tied for the tournament lead in goals (3).
  • Among the Top 15 tournament players in plus/minus (+3).
  • His four points (3g-1a) are tied for fourth among all tournament skaters and are first among the Swedish team.
  • Recorded a hat trick (and tallied his assist) in Sweden’s win over Austria.

Team Switzerland

(Lost 4-3 in a shootout to Austria and beat France 3-1, tied for third in Group A)

Roman Josi:

  • Tied for the top spot among tournament defensemen in shots on goal (9) and tied for fourth in the category among all tournament skaters.
  • Has three points (1g-2a) in the tournament to tie for the top spot among blueliners in scoring (3pts).
  • His goal stood as the game-winning tally against France on Sunday.
  • Leads the Swiss in average time on ice (27:27) and skated more than three minutes more than anyone else on the team in both of Switzerland’s first two games.

Kevin Fiala:

  • Has two points (2a) in two games to tie him for the top spot among Swiss forwards.
  • His assist against France came on teammate Roman Josi’s game-winning goal.
  • His +2 is third among all Swiss skaters

With two games down for each participating team, the World Championship’s Preliminary Round games continue through May 12 before the Quarterfinals begin on May 14. Nashville’s representatives next take to the ice on Monday (Sweden, Team USA and Finland) and Tuesday (Switzerland).

As a reminder, all of the United States’ games will be shown live via NBC Sports Network or live stream online. For more information on how all of the Nashville Predators representatives are doing at the event, stay tuned to

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