Team USA forward Paul Stastny says the pressure is all on the home team heading into Saturday's showdown.
The Capitals are hoping they are better than 27-23-9 record they own and the 87 points with which they are projected to finish the season.
After seeing his Capitals teammates score first for their countries on Thursday morning, perhaps Martin Erat took note. He notched the Czech Republic's first goal on Friday.
Sweden escaped with a 1-0 win over Switzerland on Friday morning after a long battle of blocked shots and terrific goaltending by Henrik Lundqvist and Reto Berra.