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World Juniors 2016 Gold medal game: Russia vs. Finland preview, tv schedule, lineups, game thread

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The host Finns will go for gold against a tough Russian side.

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UPDATE: Recap of Finland's 3-2 overtime victory over Russia in the gold medal game

Yesterday was rivalry day at the WJC, as the tournament hosts in Finland, and the Russians triumphed over Sweden and the USA respectively. This sets up a showdown between the hosts and Russia at Hartwall arena for all the marbles.

First it was the Finns making good for the hometown fans against their bitter rivals from Sweden. While the Swedes had been dominant all tournament, they ran into some penalty trouble, as well as some good goaltending, ending their tournament without a shot at gold.

Finland's Kaapo Kahkonen made 21 saves to hold Sweden to their lone goal, and as a result they didn't need the offensive outburst they had against Canada to get through to the final.

In a mirroring result, Russia eliminated the Americans for the third straight year by the same score of 2-1, and will now try for their first gold medal since 2011.

Alex Nedeljkovic was as solid as ever for the USA, turning away 31 of 32 shots, but it just wasn't enough, as Ilya Samsonov was equal to the task at the other end, turning away 26 shots of his own. The Americans likely relished the idea of a goaltending battle, but they unfortunately couldn't get the run support.

Finland will now be looking to ride the support of their home crowd to a victory on home soil, while Russia is going to try and play spoiler. Obviously the crowd will be firmly behind the Finns, but their opponents certainly aren't going to lay down.

A very interesting statline lies in the special teams. Russia's tournament-leading 94.74% success rate at killing penalties will clash with Finland's lethal - and also tournament-best - 40.74% power play. Special teams will be a major factor in determining who gets gold this year.

It could wind up being another battle of the goaltenders, or it could be an absolute barnburner. It's hard to say what to expect of any single game at this year's tournament, but regardless of how it winds up going, it is sure to be an exciting game to watch.

Team Russia Statistic Team Finland
20 Goals For 31
11 Goals Against 19
27.78% Power Play 40.74%
94.74% Penalty Kill 66.67%
92.36% Save Percentage 87.66%
0 Shutouts 1
185 Shots on Goal 201
10.81% SH% 15.42%
Puck drop is at 1:30 PM EST / 10:30 AM PST

You can watch the game on TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5, RDS, or streaming on TSN GO. You can listen to the game on the TSN radio network. The NHL Network will carry the game in the United States. Americans can stream the game via NBC Sports.

Team Russia Projected Lineup
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Maxim Lazarev Vladislav Kamenev Yevgeni Svechnikov
Andrei Kuzmenko Andrei Svetlakov Kirill Kaprizov
Alexander Polunin Pavel Kraskovskiy Yegor Korshkov
Alexander Dergachyov Radel Fazleyev Artur Lauta
Left Defense Right Defense
Yegor Rykov Nikita Zhuldikov
Ivan Provorov Alexander Mikulovich
Damir Sharipzyanov Dimitriy Sergeyev
Sergei Boikov Yegor Voronkov
Goaltenders
Alexander Georgiyev
Ilya Samsonov
Team Finland Projected Lineup
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Patrik Laine Sebastian Aho Jesse Puljujarvi
Antti Kalapudas Roope Hintz Mikko Rantanen
Aleksi Saarela Julius Nattinen Kasperi Kapanen
Kasper Bjorkqvist Juho Lammikko Sebastian Repo
Left Defense Right Defense
Olli Juolevi Joni Tuulola
Niko Mikkola Sami Niku
Miska Siikonen Vili Saarjarvi
Goaltenders
Veini Vehvilainen
Kaapo Kahkonen