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2016 World Cup: Canada vs. Czech Republic game thread, schedule, lines, and how to watch

The pre-tournament games are in the books, and now the real thing gets underway in Toronto. Canada first split a back-to-back with the United States, then closed out their exhibition round with an overtime win over Russia, improving to 2-1 in the process.

The Czechs mirrored that record by taking down team North America in their final game, after splitting their first two against the Russians. Canada enters this game as the favourites, but it will be anything but a walk through.

Canada vs Czech Republic Recap and Highlights

As far as Montreal Canadiens content is concerned, there will be three players to watch tonight. Carey Price should get the start for Canada in nets, with Shea Weber leading his defensive corps.

On the other side of the puck, Tomas Plekanec will captain the Czech Republic squad in their attempt to take down the reigning Olympic champions.

Puck drop is at 8:00 PM EDT at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario

How to watch

In Canada (French): TVA Sports

In Canada (English): Sportsnet

In the United States: ESPNEWS

Stream: Watch ESPN

These lineups are subject to change, and we will update if there is any news.

Team Czech Republic Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Jakub Voracek Tomas Plekanec Milan Michalek
David Pastrnak Martin Hanzal Ondrej Palat
Ales Hemsky Radek Faksa Michael Frolik
Dmitrij Jaskin Roman Cervenka Michal Birner
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrej Sustr Jakub Nakladal
Roman Polak Michal Kempny
Michal Jordan Zbynek Michalek
Michael Neuvirth
Petr Mrazek
Team Canada Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Brad Marchand Sidney Crosby Patrice Bergeron
John Tavares Ryan Getzlaf Steven Stamkos
Logan Couture Jonathan Toews Corey Perry
Joe Thornton Ryan O’Reilly Matt Duchene
Left Defense
Right Defense
Marc-Edouard Vlasic Shea Weber
Jay Bouwmeester Drew Doughty
Alex Pietrangelo Brent Burns
Carey Price
Corey Crawford

Scratched: Jake Muzzin, Braden Holtby, Claude Giroux

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