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

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Playoff spots are on the line as the Youngsters look to bounce back against the favoured Swedes

Hockey: World Cup of Hockey-Team Finland vs Team North America Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

After falling to Russia, Team North America is in a must-win situation against Sweden in their final game of the Round Robin. With a win, they will force Russia to beat Finland and force a three-way tie for the two spots advancing to the next round.

Due to goal differential, a North America win in regulation will clinch them a spot in the next round.

A Sweden win doesn’t eliminate the Young Guns but would put their fate in Finland’s hands. If Sweden wins, then they will clinch a spot in the next round.

Sweden is coming off of a pretty tight win against Finland that was 1-0 for most of the game until a Loui Eriksson empty-net goal late. Henrik Lundqvist made his tournament debut after missing the opener after being a late scratch. Lundqvist was outstanding, making 36 saves in a game Sweden was outshot.

North America won’t be surprising anyone, but after beating Finland and playing Russia very close, it will be very interesting to see what they can do against what many people consider the best team in their group.

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 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 Jacob Trouba
Shayne Gostisbehere Colton Parayko
Ryan Murray Seth Jones
Goaltenders
Matt Murray
John Gibson

Injured: Aaron Ekblad

Team Sweden projected lineup
Left Wing
Center
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
Goaltenders
Henrik Lundqvist
Jacob Markström