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2016 World Cup: Canada vs Europe Final: game thread one, schedule, lines, and how to watch

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Is this tournament a foregone conclusion, or can Team Europe cause a major upset?

World Cup Of Hockey 2016 - Semifinals - Russia v Canada Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

From the moment Team Canada hit the ice to start the World Cup of Hockey, their dominance over the other teams was blatant. Undefeated in every game on their way to the final, their position as tournament favourites has never been in doubt.

But while Canada’s presence in the final was always expected, that of their opponents was certainly not. Team Europe stunned Sweden with a thrilling overtime victory, punching their ticket to face a team that already beat them in the group stage.

And though Canada is again expected to emerge from the contest victorious, they still have to play the games. Europe has a goaltender whose ability to capture lightning in a bottle should be well known to Montreal Canadiens fans; Jaroslav Halak. His team’s need for him to recapture some of his 2010 playoffs magic could never be greater.

After all, opposite Halak will be current Montreal Canadiens keeper, and arguably the best in the world, Carey Price. Not to mention that Canadian offensive onslaught that has scored no less than four goals in every game they’ve played, including that 4-1 victory over Europe.

It will be a tall order, but if Team Europe has shown anything in this tournament, it’s that they have the ability to provide upsets.

The puck drops at 8:00 PM EDT, at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

How To Watch:

In Canada (French): TVA Sports

In Canada (English): CBC

In the United States: ESPN

Stream: Watch ESPN, GameCentre Live , CBC

Or you can watch on the stream embedded below:

Team Canada Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
Brad Marchand Sidney Crosby Patrice Bergeron
John Tavares Claude Giroux Steven Stamkos
Logan Couture Jonathan Toews Corey Perry
Joe Thornton Ryan O'Reilly Matt Duchene
Left Defense
Right Defense
Marc-Edouard Vlasic Shea Weber
Jay Bouwmeester Drew Doughty
Alex Pietrangelo Brent Burns
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Corey Crawford
Team Europe Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
Tomas Tatar Anze Kopitar Marian Hossa
Nino Niederreiter Frans Nielsen Mats Zuccarello
Thomas Vanek Leon Draisaitl Tobias Reider
Mikkel Boedker 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