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World Juniors 2016: Canada vs Czech Republic preview, TV schedule, lineups, and game thread

After dominating Belarus, Canada plays its second tune up game ahead of the World Junior Championship.

UPDATE: Recap and highlights of Canada's 1-0 win over the Czech Republic

After a dominant 7-1 win over Belarus, Team Canada will face a stronger Czech Republic team today in their second pre-tournament game.

The defending champions got off to a great start versus the Belorussians, scoring five goals in the first period. Dylan Strome, Travis Konecny, Brayden Point, Travis Dermott, and Jake Virtanen all found the back of the net. The Canadian momentum was slowed down by a parade to the penalty box in the second frame, although they returned to their strong offensive game in the third, with goals from Travis Dermott and Jake Virtanen. Save for the lack of discipline in the second period, it was a strong first outing for Canada.

Unlike Belarus, the Czech Republic features a relatively strong list of players, including prospects with an impressive skill set.

All three of their goaltenders were selected in an NHL draft. Vítek Vaněček was a Capitals second-round pick in 2014, whereas Aleš Stezka and Daniel Vladař were selected in the 2015 draft, in the third and fourth round respectively. On defense they'll rely primarly on Jakub Zbořil, one of Boston's first-round picks in the 2015, with draft-eligible Filip Hronek and Dominik Mašín providing support.

Unfortunately for the Czechs, they'll be without the services of David Pastrnak, at least for the time being, as the Bruins seem to be taking their time deciding whether or not he'll be released for the tournament. Pastrnak is clearly their best possible forward, although New Jersey first-round pick Pavel Zacha should provide a much-needed offensive boost. Filip Chlapík, Šimon Stránský, David Kaše, and Michael Špačeky round out the list of talented forwards, and are worth keeping an eye on.

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

Puck drop is at 10:00 AM EST / 7:00 AM PST.
Team Canada Possible Lineup
Left Wing Center Right Wing
John Quenneville Dylan Strome
Mitchell Marner
Lawson Crouse Mitchell Stephens Travis Konecny
Rourke Chartier Anthony Beauvillier
Julien Gauthier
Brendan Perlini Matthew Barzal Jake Virtanen
Left Defense Right Defense
Travis Dermott Brandon Hickey
Thomas Chabot
Joe Hicketts
Haydn Fleury Noah Juulsen
Travis Sanheim Roland McKeown
Goaltenders
Mackenzie Blackwood
Samuel Montembeault

Team Czech Republic Possible Lineup
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Vaclav Karabacek Filip Chlapik David Kase
Simon Stransky Pavel Zacha Lukas Jasek
Daniel Vozenilek Michael Spacek Jan Ordos
Jiri Smejkal Tomas Soustal Lukas Volpeka
Left Defense Right Defense
Filip Pyrochta Dominik Masin
Jakub Zboril Jan Scotka
Alex Rasner Ondrej Miklis
Tomas Havlin Filip Hronek
Goaltenders
Vitek Vanecek
Karel Vejmelka