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The two biggest rivalry games of the Big Six will be played.

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It's finally here - rivalry day at the World Cup. In the day game, it's a Scandinavian battle against Finland and Sweden, while the night cap features the United States against Canada.

Both Europe and Canada would clinch a spot in the semifinals if Canada beats Team USA. The Americans must win and need to defeat the Czech Republic on Thursday for them to advance. A Canada loss to Europe and the U.S., they'll be out.

Last time out, Team USA was shut out by Europe, 3-0, while Canada posted a 6-0 dominating win over the Czechs. In Group B, Sweden edged out a 2-1 victory over Finland in its tournament opener. Finland wasn't as luck with a 4-1 loss to Team North America.

The Chicago Blackhawks will be represented on each team: Niklas Hjalmarsson and Marcus Kruger (Sweden) face Ville Pokka (Finland), while Patrick Kane (USA) drops the puck against Corey Crawford and Jonathan Toews (Canada).

World Cup coverage for Tuesday

Team Finland vs. Team Sweden

Time: 2 p.m. CT

TV: ESPN

Team United States vs. Canada

Time: 7 p.m. CT

TV: ESPN