Team USA and Slovakia face off on New Year's Eve in a win-and-in battle, the winner staying alive in the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championship. The winner of the game will head to the quarterfinals for Group B while the loser heads to the relegation round.
The Americans have played two tough games in a row, losing 2-1 to both Russia and Canada heading into Monday's game. The USA has been plagued by scoring woes and the ability of the forwards to create offense, with both goals scored against Russia and Canada coming from defenseman Jacob Trouba. The Americans have been boosted by the play in goal by John Gibson, who has a .950 save percentage in the tournament.
Slovakia beat Germany in overtime Sunday to stay alive in the tournament, having already lost to Canada and taking Russia to overtime as well. The team has had to rely heavily on goaltender Adam Nagy, who has faced 75 shots in three games, and forward Marko Dano, who has five points in three games.
Puck drops at 5 a.m. ET and can be seen live on NHL Network, with a replay airing at 8 p.m. ET.