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World Juniors 2015: Slovakia vs Canada preview, TV schedule, roster news, and more

Boxing day is here, and that means the World Junior Hockey Championship gets underway. Canada's first test will be vs Slovakia.

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It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Canada kicks off its 2015 World Junior Championship campaign this evening, and will be looking to put an end to a medal drought that extends to back 2012.

Their opponent Slovakia, will be in tough, considering the disparity in talent between both rosters, although they'll be able to count on Martin Reway. The Habs prospect will captain the Slovakians, and even though the majority of the offense should come from his stick, he'll be able to count on the support from fellow NHL draftees Matej Paulovic and Peter Cehlarik. On the defensive side of things, there's really not much talent present, although Erik Cernak projects to be drafted in the second round of the 2015 draft.

As for the Canadians, the roster contains its regular mix of talent and potential. Max Domi, Sam Reinhart and Anthony Duclair have shown instant chemistry, terrorizing goalies during pre-tournament action. Curtis Lazar and Connor McDavid have experienced some moments of brilliance, although it's safe to say that with players of their talent level, the sky is the limit in terms of what they can produce on the ice.

Zachary Fucale gets the start for Canada, which indicates that he'll be Benoit Groulx's starter throughout the tournament, although considering Eric Comrie is a very capable starter, Fucale will have to avoid giving up any soft goals if he wants to hold on to his #1 spot.

You can watch the game on TSN1, TSN3, TSN4 TSN5 & TSN GO. You can listen to the game on the TSN radio network.

Puck drop is at 8:00 PM EST.
Team Canada Projected Lineup
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Max Domi Sam Reinhart (A) Anthony Duclair
Nick Ritchie Connor McDavid (A) Curtis Lazar (C)
Nick Paul Nic Petan Robbert Fabbri
Lawson Crouse Frederik Gauthier Jake Virtanen
Brayden Point
Left Defense Right Defense
Darnell Nurse Shea Theodore
Samuel Morin Madison Bowey
Josh Morrissey Joe Hicketts
Dillon Heatherington
Zachary Fucale
Eric Comrie

Team Slovakia Projected Lineup
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Martin Reway (C) Matej Paulovic Peter Cehlarik
Robert Lantosi Dominik Rehak David Soltes
Patrik Koys Matus Sukel' Pavol Skalicky
Radovan Bondra Michal Kabac Samuel Petras
Left Defense Right Defense
Mislav Rosandic Erik Cernak
Oliver Jendrol' Christian Jaros
Matus Holenda Marco Hochel
Patrik Bacik Branislav Pavuk
Denis Godla
Daniel Gibl