Jack Eichel and the United States have reached the elimination stage.
The U.S. team will face Switzerland in the quarterfinals of the world championship at 9:15 a.m. Thursday on NBCSN. The victor will play the winner of Sweden-Russia in the semifinals.
The Americans went 5-1 with an overtime win in the preliminary round to win Group B. Switzerland was 2-1 with four overtime losses in Group A. The United States is scoring 3.14 goals per game and allowing 2.0, while the Swiss have averaged 1.71 goals for and 2.57 against.
The last time the teams met in the world championship playoffs, in 2013, the Swiss earned a 3-0 semifinal victory.
Eichel, expected to be drafted second overall by the Sabres in June, has been one of the United States’ hottest players. He has two goals and six points in the last five games. He will again center for the Islanders’ Brock Nelson and Los Angeles’ Trevor Lewis.
“Switzerland is a very good team,” U.S. defenseman John Moore told IIHF.com. “For us we know how we need to play. We’ve gotten away from it at times. We know what are strengths are and how we can find success. The onus is on us to find a way to buy in and get this job done.”