2016 World Cup: Finland vs Sweden game thread, schedule, lines, and how to watch

A storied rivalry is renewed in a matinée affair.

Sweden survived a late comeback attempt by the Russians in their first game of the World Cup of Hockey tournament, and can put themselves into the semi-finals with a victory over their geographical neighbours.

The Swedes got the full benefit of their mobile defence in their 2-1 win on Sunday, as they were able to keep the pucking moving toward the attacking zone, and snuff out the individual rushes the Russian forwards mustered.

Finland will try a different approach, working as a unit to get the puck into Sweden’s end. It will be difficult for the team, which is lacking in star power, to break down the stellar Swedish defence, but a constant pressure may work better than the solo thrusts the Russians failed with.

The game is a matter of pride for both teams, but Finland is in greater need of the victory. As the only team in Group B without one, they need to put a win on the board to stay in contention.

Puck drop is at 3:00 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: ESPN

Stream: Watch ESPN

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

Team Finland Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Patrik Laine Aleksander Barkov Jussi Jokinen
Mikael Granlund Mikko Koivu Joonas Donskoi
Valtteri Filpulla Jori Lehtera Teuvo Teravainen
Lauri Korpikoski Erik Haula Leo Komarov
Left Defense
Right Defense
Olli Maatta Rasmus Ristolainen
Jyrki Jokipakka Sami Vatanen
Esa Lindell Ville Pokka
Pekka Rinne
Tuukka Rask
Team Sweden projected lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Daniel Sedin
Henrik Sedin
Loui Eriksson
Filip Forsberg
Nicklas Backstrom
Patric Hornqvist
Jakob Silfverberg Marcus Kruger Carl Hagelin
Gabriel Landeskog
Carl Soderberg Rickard Rakell
Left Defense
Right Defense
Victor Hedman
Erik Karlsson
Niklas Hjalmarsson Anton Stralman
Oliver Ekman-Larsson Mattias Ekholm
Jacob Markström
Jhonas Enroth

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