The game starts at 18:00 local time and can be watched live on Qazsport in Kazakhstan, Belarus 1s in Belarus (15:00) or on the live stream in the game centre on www.IIHF.com elsewhere.
Both teams have nine points and a +6 goal difference and have showed great performances so far. That’s why it’s hard to predict which of these two nations that joined the IIHF after the break-up of the Soviet Union will celebrate a win today.
What was already clear before entering Saturday: Kazakhstan would win the tournament with a regulation-time win against Belarus in any case since it would then have beaten both Belarus and third-placed Korea. For Belarus it would depend on the other games.
Beside the tournament win there’s the question which two teams will be promoted to the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Switzerland. Belarus? Kazakhstan? Both of them? Or will Korea have a comeback in the standings? We will know more soon.
Below you can find a little Belarus vs. Kazakhstan comparation before watching the game.
|Last time in top division||2018||2016|
|Best placing World Championship||6||12|
|Top-level World Championship participations||19||8|
|Olympic participations (men)||3||2|
|Men's World Ranking||14||18|
|Recent U20 Ranking||12||9|
|Recent U18 Ranking||5||12|
|Male adult players||1,662||439|
|KHL team||Dynamo Minsk||Barys Nur-Sultan|
|KHL regular season||24th (11th West)||5th (2nd East)|
|KHL playoffs||did not qualify||conference semi-finals|
|KHL average attendance (reg. season)||9495||6448|
|Teams in top national league||17||10|
|National champion||Yunost Minsk||Beibarys Atyrau|
|Average attendance top national league||717||604|