2024 Worlds: Semifinal Games Set

Saturday will feature the placement game and the semifinals in the penultimate day of 2024 Worlds.

2024 Worlds: Semifinal Games Set
Photo via IIHF

Ten teams started and only six remain! Saturday will feature the placement game between Switzerland and Germany and the two semifinal games - USA versus Finland and Canada versus Czechia.

The winner of the placement game will play in Group A in the 2025 tournament, while the winners of the semifinal will move on to Sunday's gold medal game and the losers to the bronze.

How to watch the games

DATETIME (LOCAL/ET)TeamsTeamsUS ViewingCanada Viewing
Sat. April 133:00 PMUSAFinlandNHL NetworkTSN1
Sat. April 137:00 PMCanadaCzechiaNHL NetworkTSN1/4

Switzerland vs Germany

These two teams find themselves in a playoff for Group A placement in 2025 based on their "preliminary round combined ranking" per the IIHF after losing in the quarterfinals.

Switzerland, who played in Group A this tournament, is still looking for their first win of the tournament. They didn't win a single group game and only advanced to the quarterfinals because every team in Group A does. They fell to Finland, 3-1, to find themselves in this situation. Including that one goal against Finland, they've only scored four goals in five games. You don't need to know a lot to know that that is not a recipe for success.

Germany finished at the top of Group B to match up against Czechia in the quarterfinals. They played extremely well against a Group A foe, only losing 1-0, and goaltender Sandra Abstreiter is a big part of the success in that game (and their group play success as well).

So far, we haven't been able to find the game on ESPN+ nor NHL Network in the US.

USA v Finland

This game is almost certainly going to be a doozy. Finland proved in the group stage game between these two teams they can be a thorn in the US's side. They scored two of their three goals on the power play (in a penalty-filled game) so keeping penalties under control will be key for both teams.

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Canada v Czechia

In their group play meeting, Canada came out flying, scoring three goals in the first 20 minutes, before eventually winning 5-0. Not a great way to start the game for Czechia at all. Czechia also barely beat Germany in the quarterfinals, only winning 1-0. They'll need to have a short memory if they want to do better than last year's bronze medal, and, more likely, keep that mentality if they want to win their third straight bronze.

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