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Both teams seek a little redemption after a disastrous tournament

Hockey: World Cup of Hockey-Team Europe vs Team USA Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

The Czech Republic and the USA had high hopes heading into the 2016 World Cup. Unfortunately for both, they failed to gain much traction.

The Czechs fell to Canada 6-0 in their opening game, and followed it up with a courageous effort versus Team Europe, losing 3-2 in overtime.

As for the USA - the team that was custom built to beat Canada according to many - they also suffered two losses, including particularly lacklustre performance versus their continental rivals. It turns out that pairing one of the best players in the NHL beside Justin Abdelkader may not have been a wise move, but John Tortorella has no regrets.

With neither team having a chance to qualify for the semi-finals, there’s nothing but pride on the line tonight.

The puck drops at 8:00 PM EST 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

Team Czech Republic Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
Jakub Voracek Tomas Plekanec Milan Michalek
David Pastrnak Martin Hanzal Ondrej Palat
Ales Hemsky Radek Faksa Michael Frolik
Dmitrij Jaskin Roman Cervenka Michal Birner
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrej Sustr Jakub Nakladal
Roman Polak Michal Kempny
Michal Jordan Zbynek Michalek
Goaltenders
Petr Mrazek
Michael Neuvirth
Team Europe Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
Tomas Tatar Anze Kopitar Marian Hossa
Marian Gaborik Frans Nielsen Mats Zuccarello
Nino Niederreiter Leon Draisaitl Tobias Reider
Thomas Vanek Pierre-Edouard Bellemare Jannik Hansen
Left Defense
Right Defense
Zdeno Chara Andrej Sekera
Roman Josi Dennis Seidenberg
Christian Ehrhoff Mark Streit
Goaltenders
Jaroslav Halak
Tomas Greiss

Team USA Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
Zach Parise Ryan Kesler Blake Wheeler
Justin Abdelkader Derek Stepan Patrick Kane
James van Riemsdyk Joe Pavelski T.J. Oshie
Max Pacioretty David Backes Kyle Palmieri
Left Defense
Right Defense
Ryan Suter Erik Johnson
Ryan McDonagh John Carlson
Dustin Byfuglien Matt Niskanen
Goaltenders
Jonathan Quick
Ben Bishop

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