Sweden and Norway both played their first game of the 2018 Winter Games. The two Scandinavian teams have faced each other 19 times before in International play. Sweden has historically held the advantage, winning 17 of the 19 matchups. The last time the two teams faced each other was in the 2016 World Championship tournament. Sweden won 3-2. The last time Norway beat Sweden was in 2011. That game went to penalty shots with Norway winning, 5-4. Ahead of the game it was announced Swedens Rasmus Dahlin would be a healthy scratch.