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World Juniors 2015: Canada vs Finland preview, TV schedule, roster news, & more

Canada will look to continue its dominance against the team that beat them out last year: Finland.

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Canada's first big test of the tournament will come tonight when they face the team that beat them out last year. Team Finland will be coming at Canada with everything they have, trying to capture their first win of the tournament after two close losses to the United States and Slovakia.

This will be Team Canada's most legitimate threat of the tournament thus far, having dispatched already their first two opponents - Slovakia and Germany - and showing no signs of weakness except for perhaps an undisciplined second period against the Germans on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.

This is both teams' third game of the tournament. It is a pivotal game for two teams heading in different directions. Here's a quick comparison of how they match up:

Canada Finland
2-0-0-0 Record 0-0-1-1
12 Goals For 2
0 Goals Against 4
42.86% Powerplay % 0%
100% Penalty Kill %


Oh Canada.

These stats make it seem like Canada will have an easy time against the Finns. This is not necessarily true. This is one game. And one game where the true competition may come down to a goaltending duel between Canada's Zachary Fucale and Finland's Juuse Saros. Finland's biggest threat will be their ability to shut down a game and depend on star goaltending. Having Julius Honka on the blueline also gives the Finns a quick-strike ability from their blue line if they get a late powerplay. Canada has scored the most goals in the tournament and is the only team to have not allowed a goal thus far. Connor McDavid came alive with three points on Saturday against the Germans. Canada's Nic Petan leads the tournament with 6 points. In all, Canada has six players in the top ten scorers of the tournament. [IIHF official stats]

Both teams will come out strong, and it's not as though the Finns have been playing bad hockey, they just can't find the back of the net. Canada will have to show their true mettle in this game, and we all can't wait to see what they've got.

Read Team Canada's preview here. Read Team Finland's preview here.

Puck drop is at 8:00 PM EST/3:00AM EET (TSN 1/ TSN GO/ TSN Radio Network/MTV3)
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
Zachary Fucale
Eric Comrie

Team Finland Projected Lineup
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Artturi Lehkonen (C) Aleksi Mustonen (A) Juuso Ikonen
Mikko Rantanen Roope Hintz Kasperi Kapanen
Sebastian Aho Antti Kalapudas Jesse Puljujärvi
Julius Vähätalo Otto Rauhala Niko Ojamäki
Left Defense Right Defense
Alex Lintuniemi Julius Honka (A)
Aleksi Mäkelä Joonas Lyytinen
Mika Ilvonen Atte Mäkinen
Sami Niku
Hannes Björninen
Juuse Saros
Ville Husso