Slovakia vs Denmark Prediction, Tips & Odds – May 24, 2022 15:20 CET
Everything points towards a thriller between Slovakia and Denmark in the final round of group A at the 2022 IIHF World Championship this Tuesday. While Italy and Kazakhstan will be fighting to survive in the top division, Slovakia and Denmark will be battling for the last quarter-final spot in the group. Both teams have an equal amount of points but Denmark has a game in hand, although it is a clash against Canada so they can´t really count on winning any points from that matchup.
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Slovakia opened the tournament with a 4:2 win over France but in the following three games things went completely downhill. They suffered three straight defeats to Germany, Canada, and Switzerland but managed to recover in the last two rounds. The Slovaks first survived a scare against Kazakhstan after being on the ropes in the entire final period eventually coming out on top 4:3. They once again escaped against Italy claiming a 3:1 win in their last game but they were only narrowly leading 2:1 in the middle of the third period and scored the security goal from a powerplay.
If it wasn´t for their young prodigy Juraj Slafkovsky, their point total would be even lower at the moment. One of the top NHL Draft prospects has been keeping them alive after he finished as the top scorer at the 2022 Beijing Olympics leading his team to a bronze medal. After everything we have seen from them so far, we think it´s safe to say they won´t be competing for a medal in this tournament.
Silky smooth 😍
Juraj Slafkovský capitalized on the Penalty Shot!
— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) May 21, 2022
Even if Denmark somehow miraculously beats Canada today, they still won´t progress from the group if they lose to Slovakia. Head-to-head matches will be the tiebreaker so if the Danes win three points today and then lose in regulation to Slovakia, they still won´t make the knockout stage.
As it stands both teams have nine points but Denmark has much better goal difference and holds the upper hand in the standings. Their last game was against France and it was a very solid 3:0 victory with their main stars, Peter Regin and NHLer Joachim Blichfeld, making the difference. Denmark still hasn´t achieved a win against any of the group favorites but they did enough against weaker teams. It all comes down to this final game in which Slovakia can make up for some very poor performances, but Denmark has its own chances too.
— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) May 21, 2022
Slovakia vs. Denmark Prediction
Defense is crucial in elimination games like this one and so far Denmark has been superb defensively conceding only nine goals in five games. Surprisingly, their netminders and defensive pairs are at the very top statistically right next to Finland and the United States. Slovakia has had difficult times conceding a bunch of goals and will have tighten things up if they want to compete. Stakes are very high so we are expecting a low-scoring affair with not a lot of chances and with probably one goal making the difference.
Prediction: Total Under 5.5
Date and time: 24.05.2022 15:20 CET
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