After initially being seen as a gimmick to generate interest in what was seen as glorified pre-season matches, people slowly began to come around to the idea of a team made up of players under the age of 24 at the World Cup. When they exploded out of the gate in their first game for five goals on Team Europe, the predominant feeling surrounding the team became one of excitement.
Tonight, the team will finally play its first preliminary match of the World Cup of Hockey, and they have the skill to come away with a win.
It’s not going to come easy, as the Finns are famous for being a tough team beat in international competition, using a team approach to defence that always has them in position to repel opposition attacks, with the ability to capitalize on any mistakes made by their adversaries.
Their biggest threat is another young player — Patrik Laine — who is just 18 years old and a recent addition to the NHL ranks. He could play a major role in Finland’s success, being a key contributor on the power play with his elite shot.
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
These lineups are subject to change, and we will update if there is any news.
|Patrik Laine||Aleksander Barkov||Jussi Jokinen|
|Mikael Granlund||Mikko Koivu||Joonas Donskoi|
|Valtteri Filpulla||Jori Lehtera||Teuvo Teravainen|
|Lauri Korpikoski||Erik Haula||Leo Komarov|
|Olli Maatta||Rasmus Ristolainen|
|Jyrki Jokipakka||Sami Vatanen|
|Esa Lindell||Ville Pokka|
|Left Wing||Center||Right Wing|
|Jonathan Drouin||Ryan Nugent-Hopkins||Nathan MacKinnon|
|Johnny Gaudreau||Jack Eichel||Dylan Larkin|
|Vincent Trochek||Sean Couturier||Brandon Saad|
|Morgan Rielly||Aaron Ekblad|
|Shayne Gostisbehere||Colton Parayko|
|Ryan Murray||Seth Jones|