Last year team USA won the bronze medal in the world Cup, but the problem for Americans was much higher. In the end, this team is that I never did not take the gold medal of the tournament, and never played in the final!

Perhaps that is why in recent years the Americans brought to the world Cup not half the youth team, composed almost entirely of NHL players. This time the situation is the same — experienced Cory Schneider in goal, Brady Skjei, Ryan Suter and Noah Hanifin cement the defence, in attack the team needs to pull Jack Eichel, johnny Goodro, Patrick Kane, Dylan Larkin and James van Riemsdyk.

Overall, the USA national team is really quite young, and it was a place even the future first draft pick Jack Hughes, but almost all the performers in the leading roles on their respective teams in the NHL.

Team Slovakia for five consecutive years may not qualify for the playoffs of the world Cup, and the last real achievement of the team was the final of the tournament in 2012. Perhaps at home the Slovaks will be able to at least qualify from the group.

Among the leaders of the team need to highlight the defenders of Andrew Secker, Martin Marinin and Eric, Chernyak, and forwards This Philip, Richard Panic and Tomas Tatar, representing the NHL. But the stars are difficult to call.

The main problem of Slovak goalkeepers. In this line there are no real strong player, so all hope is on the case and just shoot someone from Troika Marek Ziliak, Denis Godley, Patrick Fisherman. Overall, the team’s main task is simply to reach the play — offs.