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World Juniors 2017: Canada vs. Finland preview, TV schedule, lineups, and game thread

The pre-tournament games begin tonight, with Canada hosting the defending gold medalists.

Canada v Finland - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Team Canada finalized its roster for the 2017 World Junior Hockey Championship on Wednesday night, and tonight the club faces its first test as a 22-man unit.

The team is in Montreal before making a stop in Ottawa on Wednesday on its way to Toronto, where Canada will play a third and final tune-up match and battle it out with their Group B opponents for a spot in the quarter-finals.

To kick things off, the club welcomes Team Finland to the Bell Centre. The Finns knocked Canada out of the tournament in the quarters before ultimately claiming the trophy a year ago, and Canada will be looking to restore a bit of pride.

For Montreal Canadiens fans. all eyes will be on Noah Juulsen, whose spot was never really in jeopardy this year; much different from his situation last year when he was one of the players sent home on the final day of roster finalization. Juulsen’s offence has recovered after a down season, but his biggest asset on the team will be his defensive play, which he has honed under the tutelage of Everett Silvertips head coach Kevin Constantine.

Many fans will be seeing Juulsen play for the first time in this tournament, and tonight should offer a glimpse of the various skills that earned him a selection in the first round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

You’ll also get to see projected 2017 first-rounders Eeli Tolvanen and Kristian Vesalainen — both currently projected to go within the top 10 — suit up for Finland.

How to watch

Puck drop: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
In Canada: TSN2 (English), RDS2 (French)
Streaming: TSNGO

Canada’s projected lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#18 Pierre-Luc Dubois #19 Dylan Strome #27 Mitchell Stephens
#11 Mathieu Joseph #14 Mathew Barzal #16 Taylor Raddysh
#17 Tyson Jost #25 Nicolas Roy #12 Julien Gauthier
#9 Dillon Dubé #22 Anthony Cirelli #21 Blake Speers
#20 Michael McLeod

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#5 Thomas Chabot #6 Philippe Myers
#2 Jake Bean #3 Noah Juulsen
#8 Dante Fabbro #10 Kale Clague
#15 Jeremy Lauzon

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
#1 Connor Ingram
#31 Carter Hart

Finland’s projected lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Alexandr Polunin Mikhail Vorobyov Kirill Kaprizov
Pavel Karnaukhov Danila Kvartalnov Denis Guryanov
Danil Yurtaikin Denis Alexeyev German Rubtsov
Yakov Trenin Kirill Belyayev Kirill Urakov

Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Juuso Välimäki Vili Saarijärvi
Olli Juolevi Miro Heiskanen
Robin Salo Otto Leskinen
Urho Vaakanainen Juho Rautanen

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Veini Vehviläinen
Karolus Kaarlehto