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

It's the most wonderful time of the year, as Canada faces the USA in their classic New Year's Eve matchup.

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Check out the highlights from the Canada vs USA New Year's eve game.

The long awaited New Year's Eve matchup between Team Canada and Team USA is finally here, and will decide which nation earns the top spot in group A.

Both teams head into the game undefeated, with Canada outscoring their opponents to the tune of 16-1, whereas the Americans also only allowed one goal against, but have scored five fewer goals than their Canadian counterparts.

Eric Comrie gets the start for Canada, and you'd be hard pressed to find any problems with the decision. Both Comrie and Zachary Fucale have played very well so far in the tournament, meaning this isn't so much a slight towards Fucale, but a vote of confidence by coach Benoit Groulx to his other top notch goalie. Comrie will have to play lights out if he hopes to be named the starter for the elimination rounds. Either way, having two good goalies at your disposal is a good problem to have for Canada.

All eyes will be on super prospects Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, but if we're being perfectly honest they've been far from the best forwards for their respective teams. Nic Petan, Max Domi, Anthony Duclair and Sam Reinhart have been Canada's best forwards, whereas Dylan Larkin and Sonny Milano have hit the scoresheet the most during the USA's three preliminary games.

That's not to say that Eichel (1G, 1A) and McDavid (1G, 2A) haven't been playing well, but as is often the case in hockey, the hype surrounding these two elite talents has overshadowed strong performances from their teammates.

Canada United States
3-0-0-0 Record 2-1-0-0
16 Goals For 11
1 Goals Against 1
50 Powerplay % 7.69
100 Penalty Kill % 100

In last year's matchup, the United States scored first thanks to a shorthanded goal from Riley Barber. Nic Petan, Connor McDavid and Curtis Lazar responded with three straight Canadian goals, which was enough to earn them a 3-2 win over their international rivals.

This time around, the Americans boast a stronger team, icing perhaps their most impressive crop of forwards in World Junior Championship history.

Puck drop is at 4:00 PM EST ( TSN, RDS, NHLN-US, )
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
Eric Comrie
Zachary Fucale

Team USA Projected Lineup
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Tyler Motte Jack Eichel (C) Alex Tuch
Miles Wood Auston Matthews Nick Schmaltz
Sonny Milano Dylan Larkin Hudson Fasching
Anthony Louis JT Compher John Hayden (A)
Chase Ee Leo
Left Defense Right Defense
Will Butcher (A) Brandon Carlo
Noah Hanifin Ian McCoshen
Zach Werenski Anthony DeAngelo
Ryan Collins
Thatcher Demko
Brad Halverson

Scratched: Alex Nedeljkovic