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After a decisive win over Slovakia, can Team Canada make it 2-for-2 by beating Germany?

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Check out all the highlights from Canada's victory over Germany here.

There are few instances where an 8-0 victory is considered only a met expectation. For Team Canada's round robin opening game against Slovakia, that was the unfortunate reality.

In tonight's clash with Germany, circumstances will be much the same.

The Slovak squad had Martin Reway as an offensive outlet, running their offense through him even as he was smothered by the Canadian defense. Germany's most dynamic offensive player, Leon Draisaitl, is otherwise occupied - that is, playing twelve minutes a game for the Edmonton Oilers - so his compatriots won't have the option of implementing a similar game plan. Germany has a handful of talented offensive players, but like most lower-tier teams in this tournament, it appears their best strategy will be to grind out a defensive effort, insulating their goaltender and hoping for the Canadians to slip-up.

If there's one person in favour of that type of German thought process, it's probably Eric Comrie. Team Canada's only Canadiens prospect, goaltender Zachary Fucale, had an easy night last night, facing only 27 shot attempts. While his teammates will attest to a heightened degree of difficulty on some of those shots, the reality is that Fucale was given a clear path to his second consecutive shutout in WJHC play. Tonight, that same group of skaters will try to give the same opportunity to Comrie.

Comrie is a Winnipeg Jets pick, and over his last 1.5 seasons of WHL play, has amassed a very strong body of work. Even a perfect performance against an opponent of Germany's calibre probably won't be enough to change the pecking order in the Canadian net, but his first ice time of the round robin is the start of what might be Team Canada's most compelling storyline. If Comrie falters in what is essentially a warm-up game, his chances of taking the ice in the tournament's critical later stages will suffer greatly.

As is the unfair but typical standard, nothing short of a perfect performance from Comrie will be acceptable.

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 Robby 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
Goaltenders
Eric Comrie
Zachary Fucale

Notes:

  • Kevin Reich gets the start in goal
  • Eisenschmid and Kahun share the captaincy, but it's not certain who will wear the 'C' today.
  • No German line combinations are available, so the below is extremely rough and devised primarily on the handedness of each player, and the notoriety of a few of their best forwards. Our apologies for any discrepancies.
Team Germany Projected Lineup
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Frederik Tiffels
Markus Eisenschmid (C)
Parker Tuomie
Dominik Kahun (C)
Manuel Wiederer
Marc Schmidpeter
Maximilian Kammerer
Nico Sturm
Andreas Eder
Marc Michaelis
Vladislav Filin
Fabio Pfohl
Left Defense Right Defense
Tim Bender
Janik Moser (A)
Fabio Wagner (A) Kai Wissmann
Dorian Saeftel
Patrick Kurz
Jonas Muller
Goaltenders
Kevin Reich
Ilya Sharipov