2016 World Cup: Russia vs North America game thread, schedule, lines, and how to watch

The Russians desperately need a win to keep their title hopes alive, but the North Americans aren’t going to make that easy.

Check out all the highlights & game recap of North America versus Russia here

Russia started off its 2016 World Cup of Hockey tournament with a tough matchup against Sweden. The contest pitted two of the top competitors against one another right out of the gate, and despite very nearly coming back from a two-goal deficit in the final minute of play, Russia ultimately fell to a strong Swedish side, and already finds itself on the back foot two days into the event.

With just three game of preliminary-round play, the Russians must win this game to stay in contention. Another loss will make it impossible to finish among the top two in Group B that advance to the playoff round, so they have no choice but to leave it all on the ice.

In their way stands a team that many felt was a gimmick to generate interest when the tournament was initially announced, but is now regarded by many as the team to watch. Team North America came away with a convincing 4-1 win in their match versus Finland on Sunday night, and can claim a spot in the semi-finals with a victory tonight.

The North Americans have speed and skill to spare. The Russians have elite offensive skill throughout their lineup. There’s a lot at stake in tonight’s match, and it should be a fascinating contest.

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: ESPN2

Stream: Watch ESPN

Team Russia projected lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Nikita Kucherov Evgeny Kuznetsov Alex Ovechkin
Vladimir Tarasenko Evgeni Malkin Pavel Datsyuk
Evgenii Dadonov Vadim Shipachyov Artemi Panarin
Vladislav Namestnikov Artem Anisimov Ivan Telegin
Left Defense
Right Defense
Nikita Zaitsev Dmitry Orlov
Alexei Emelin Andrei Markov
Alexey Marchenko Dmitry Kulikov
Semyon Varlamov
Sergei Bobrovsky
Team North America Projected Lineup
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Auston Matthews
Connor McDavid Mark Scheifele
Jonathan Drouin Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Nathan MacKinnon
Johnny Gaudreau Jack Eichel Dylan Larkin
Vincent Trochek Sean Couturier Brandon Saad
Left Defense
Right Defense
Morgan Rielly Aaron Ekblad
Shayne Gostisbehere Colton Parayko
Ryan Murray Seth Jones
John Gibson
Matt Murray

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