Team Sweden’s assistant captain Stefan Klockare said Thursday morning that Washington Capitals defenseman Rasmus Sandin will miss their 2023 IIHF World Championship quarterfinal game against Lavia Thursday night. Sweden held their morning skate at 10.45 on Thursday and Sandin did not participate.
Sandin sustained what appeared to be a serious knee injury in the first period of Team Sweden’s IIHF 2023 World Championship preliminary game against Team USA on Tuesday.
Rasmus Sandin is in a lot of pain and has left the game after Michael Eyssimont got him in the knee. #IIHFworlds pic.twitter.com/B0upxvDpSM
— Steven Ellis (@SEllisHockey) May 23, 2023
The injury looked like it could have been significant, but word came from Team Sweden Wednesday morning that Sandin is currently listed as “day-to-day with a lower body injury,” and could potentially return to play in the tournament.
Sandin began to practice with the team on Wednesday but did not finish, leaving the ice midway through the workout. He remains listed as “day-to-day”.
Sandin has started all games in the top pairing for Team Sweden. He entered Tuesday’s game with one assist in six games played at the worlds.
Team Sweden will face Team Latvia in their first elimination game on Thursday at 12:20 PM ET.
By Jon Sorensen