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Fantasy Update

Fantasy Update

Preliminary round ends with these eight games

Published 15.05.2017 16:36 GMT+2 | Author Callum Ng
Fantasy Update
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This is your last chance to load up on points before the elimination rounds are here!

This is it. The final Preliminary Round, and the last time you’ll have eight games to tally points from.


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On Fire 

To his credit, Johnny Gaudreau has risen up to be one of Team USA’s most impactful forwards. The American had two goals and one assist against Slovakia, plus he is tied for second in tournament points with nine in six games (six goals and three assists).

Warming Up 

Sweden’s William Nylander fabricated a sweet give-and-go tally with teammate Nicklas Backstrom against Denmark that you should take note of. Nylander is talented, and looks so comfortable on IIHF Worlds’ ice. He also has an impressive four goals and five assists in the tournament.

Ice Cold

After a hot start, Norway’s Patrick Thoresen has no points in his last two games and is a -1 rating.

The Match-ups


The Danes have played fairly well in this tournament, but perhaps miss the elite depth to make them more competitive in games. On most nights, they have deserved better. They’ll be favoured against Italy, and Winnipeg Jets’ forward Nikolaj Ehlers is a good bet for offense.


Oh France, how you’ve embraced this tournament. After some passionate wins (and losses), expect les bleus to go hard to finish this one off victorious. If you’ve been playing Stephane da Costa, no need to change now.


The Swedes were already good. But Henrik Lundqvist playing at Worlds for the first time since 2008, and Nicklas Backstrom joining, take them to a different level. Why not throw either of those players in?


The Norwegians have had some heartening wins at #IIHFWorlds. And as we’ve often said, when you’re ice cold, there’s only one way to go, right? Patrick Thoresen is your guy in this one.


Oh, what a battle this is going to be. Look for big game players in this one. Anders Lee has four goals and three assists for the Americans and Vadim Shipachyov is playing well for Russia.


This is an important Group B game, in Paris. Both teams are near the top of the standings. The Czechs have more scoring punch, with six players who have five or more points. Plenty of selection there.


Depending on how Monday goes for the Latvians, this could be a square-off for a trip to the quarter-finals. Which would be amazing. Of course, we’re here in Germany, plus the Latvian fans are perhaps the most spirited of the smaller nations. Latvia’s goaltender, Elvis Merzlikins, has been incredible. Germany’s Leon Draisaitl will have had another few days of rest since coming over from Canada.


Although Finland has pulled their tournament together, it’s safe to favour Canadian forwards for points here. Again, Nate MacKinnon has been excellent (eight points), or you could lay a bet on Finland’s Sebastian Aho or Mikko Rantanen to create an upset.


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