The Detroit Red Wings — past, present and future — will be well-represented Thursday in the quarterfinals of the World Championship in Latvia:
United States (6-0-0-1, W-OTW-OTL-L) vs. Slovakia (4-0-0-3), 9:15 a.m. ET (NHL Network)– Team USA led all teams with 18 points in the preliminary round and will ride a six-game winning streak into elimination play. Former Red Wing Justin Abdelkader, however, will miss the remainder of the tournament due to a leg injury. Abdelkader, the team captain, had one assist in six games. Conor Garland (Arizona) leads the U.S. with eight points (three goals, five assists). Jake Oettinger (Dallas) and Cal Petersen (Los Angeles) have split duties in net.
Switzerland (5-0-0-2) vs. Germany (4-0-0-3), 9:15 a.m. ET – Top Red Wings prospect Moritz Seider is following up a strong season in the Swedish League with a solid tournament. He had four assists in seven games and leads German defensemen in ice time ( averaging 18:54).
Finland (4-2-1-0) vs. Czech Republic (3-2-0-2), 1:15 p.m. ET – A trio of Red Wings are making an impact for the Czech Republic as Jakub Vrana and Filip Zadina each have two goals and two assists while Filip Hronek has a goal and three assists. Defenseman Libor Sulak, who played six games for Detroit and 61 games for the Grand Rapids Griffins in 2018-19, is tied for the team lead in goals (three) with Dominik Kubilak (Chicago).
Russia (5-1-0-1) vs. Canada (3-0-1-3),…