As every year during the World Championship, the first objective of the French team remains above all to maintain in the elite. And this is officially the case this Saturday even before the last three games of the Blues since Austria, which has chained a sixth defeat in six games, is guaranteed to finish behind the French. Relegated in 2019, the Blues had risen to the top flight in 2021 and are therefore maintaining themselves for the second year in a row.
This World Cup in Finland had started perfectly with an overtime victory against Austria (2-1 ap) before two cruel but important defeats in accounting terms, still in overtime, against Denmark (4-3 ap) and Hungary (3-2 ap). With four points, the French team is therefore ensuring its future at the highest level. This Friday, it faces Sweden (7:20 p.m.) before continuing on Sunday against the United States (7:20 p.m.), two title candidates, and concluding Tuesday against Germany (11:20 a.m.).
The teammates of Alexandre Texier, prodigy of French hockey soon back in the NHL, do not dream of quarter-finals, except huge surprise and reversal of situation. But they can finish their journey well and, in particular, aim for success against Germany.