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OSTRAVA, Czechia — In the final week of group play at the IIHF Men’s World Championship, the United States looks to inch closer to grabbing a quarterfinal spot, as they take on Kazakhstan on Sunday.

The Americans had been up and down this tournament, but have managed to beat teams they should be defeating for the most important. They had a big win over Germany last week, and pulled out comfortable victories over France and Poland to stay near the top of the group. They do have to prove they can keep up with the upper echelon, having lost to Sweden and Slovakia.

Heading into Sunday, the U.S. sits second in Group B, five points back of Sweden for first place. They have been led offensively by Brady Tkachuk and Shane Pinto, who have scored seven points each.

Kazakhstan has had some bright spots so far in Czechia, but finds itself needing help if they want to steal a quarterfinal spot. Since opening the tournament with a 3-1 win over France, the team has dropped four straight games, all in regulation, but did show some fight in a 3-1 loss to Sweden last Thursday. If they want a chance of pulling off an upset, they will need their goaltending to step up. Andrey Shutov has played the bulk of the games so far, facing 93 shots on goals, the sixth-most in the tournament.

Kazakhstan sits seventh in the group, five points back of Slovakia for fourth.

IIHF MEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (Group B)

Kazakhstan (1-0-4) vs. United States (3-1-1)

When: Sunday, May 19

Time: 10 a.m. ET

Where: Ostrava Arena (Ostrava, Czechia)

Channel: NHL Network

Stream: FuboTV (Free Trial), Sling, DirecTV Stream

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