The quarterfinals at the World Championships are set, with Detroit Red Wings players in starring roles.
Pius Suter used his third goal of the tournament in Finland to help Switzerland to a 4-3 victory Tuesday over Moritz Seider’s Germany, securing the Swiss the top spot in Group A and a quarterfinal date opposite the U.S., where former Wings coach Jeff Blashill is an assistant. Former Wings assistant general manager Ryan Martin is the U.S. GM.
Suter, a second-line forward for the Wings, has had an excellent World Championship, with eight points in seven games. The Swiss next play Thursday in Helsinki.
Likewise, Seider has had a good tournament, with one goal and five assists in seven games. The Wings’ top defenseman posted 50 points in his rookie season and is a finalist for the Calder Trophy. Germany’s next game is Thursday against Czechia, which pits him against Wings teammates Jakub Vrana and Filip Hronek. Vrana has one goal in the tourney; Hronek has no points.
Former Wings forward Tomas Tatar captained Slovakia into a quarterfinal spot with two goals in a 7-1 victory over Denmark and former Wings forward Frans Nielsen. That sets up Slovakia for a quarterfinal against host Finland Thursday in Tampere. Finland’s roster includes former Wings forward Valtteri Filppula.
Sweden plays Canada in the other quarterfinal in Tampere. Sweden’s Magnus Hellberg signed with the Wings the last month of the season and won his only appearance, in the season finale. Hellberg has spent the past five seasons in the KHL and is angling to be in the NHL next season. He has a 1.47 goals-against average and .932 save percentage in four games.
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