The 2021 IIHF World Championship is back for 2021 in Riga, Latvia, and the Germany vs Latvia is set to run at the Arena Riga, Group B on Tuesday, Jun 1. The match starts at 1:15 p.m ET and will broadcast on NHL Network, TSN.
Here’s what you need to know to tune in:
- What: Germany vs Latvia Hockey
- When: Tuesday, Jun 1, 2021
- Where: Arena Riga
- Time: 1:15 p.m ET
- TV: NHL Network, TSN
- Live stream: Watch here (Free trial)
How to watch Germany vs Latvia hockey without cable
In the United States, every American game, along with select games of other countries, will be shown on NHL Network. NHL Network can be streamed on fuboTV and Sling TV. In Canada, TSN will air every game of the 2021 tournament with select games also appearing exclusively on TSN.ca or the TSN App.
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Once signed up for AT&T TV, you can watch Germany vs Latvia hockey live on the AT&T TV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the link here (Free trial).
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Germany vs Latvia hockey preview
Germany has won 8 of 13 all-time meetings between the teams, but non-playoff games don’t get any bigger than this. It really is an elimination game. The Germans won their first three games, then lost their next three, so they’re trending in the wrong direction. Latvia, though, started with an historic win over Canada, 2-0, to get their tournament started, and have also lost their last three. Something’s gotta give.
What’s At Stake
Latvia is hosting the Worlds for the first time since 2006 and only the second time ever. There will be about 2,500 fans in the building for the game, and as everyone knows 2,500 Latvians can sound like 10,000 fans from anywhere else.
In 2006, Latvia failed to qualify for the playoffs, and to do so this year would be huge for the country’s hockey program and, given the pandemic, its morale. Germany, though, is in the middle of a revived program, and a loss would be a decided setback to their goal of being a medal contender by 2026.
It will be a winner-takes-it-all game for both Germany and Latvia. In one scenario both teams would advance: If Canada loses to Finland in OT/SO and the Germany-Latvia game ends up tied after 60 minutes going to OT/SO.
Germany: Mattias Plachta leads the team with three goals and six points, and also in average ice time. He’s on for more than 20 minutes a game.
Latvia: Goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks has surrendered only nine goals in four games and has been the foundation upon which coach Bob Hartley has built his team’s success this year. Kivlenieks will have to be the team’s best player if Latvia is to defeat Germany.
Did you know…?
Latvia has been in the top division every year since 1997 but has advanced to the playoff round only four times, losing each quarter-final game. A win today would be nothing short of monumental.