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

Fresh off a win to open the tournament, Canada goes up against the team from Slovakia tonight.

Canada v Russia - 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship

Click here to read the game recap and view the highlights from the Canada vs. Russia game on December 26.

After a disappointing finish in 2016, Canada is hoping for better fortunes from this year’s World Junior Hockey Championship. They got off to a great start beating one of the top teams in their group last night. With the victory over Russia secured, the attention immediately turns to their second game tonight versus Team Slovakia.

Canada will have a lot of confidence from the opening 5-3 win, with little to criticize from their game, and tonight is a chance to build upon that victory, against possibly the weakest team in Group B.

Tyson Jost was Canada’s best player to start the game, and Dylan Strome, fresh off a lengthy stint in the NHL, followed it up with a stellar second half to provide the team with a persistent offensive attack for a full 60 minutes. A similar performance tonight will all but assure they start off with a 2-0 record.

Other than one good showing the last time the WJC was held in Canada, when Montreal Canadiens prospect Martin Réway captained the team to a surprise bronze medal, Slovakia has been one of the weakest clubs in the IIHF’s Top Division for six of the previous seven years. The bronze medal from the 2015 tournament was followed up with a disappointing seventh-place standing in Finland last year.

Slovakia doesn’t get an easy game to get accustomed to the tournament, stepping into the blocks versus a Canada team that is already running at full stride. The start will be crucial for the Slovaks if they hope to hang with one of the world’s best.

How to watch

Puck drop: 8:00PM EST / 5:00 PM PST
In Canada: TSN (English), RDS (French)
Streaming: TSNGO

Canada’s projected lineup (subject to change)

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

#1 Connor Ingram
#31 Carter Hart

Slovakia’s projected lineup (subject to change)

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#8 Marek Hecl #18 Boris Sádecký #22 Oliver Pataky
#23 Martin Andrisik #29 Patrik Osko #25 Miroslav Struska
#11 Radovan Bondra #20 Adam Ruzicka #27 Filip Lestan
#12 Marian Studenic #15 Marek Sloboda #26 Milos Roman

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#14 Erik Cernak #6 Martin Fehérváry
#5 Michal Roman #16 Andrej Hatala
#3 Martin Bodak #17 Mario Grman
#4 Oliver Kosecky #7 Samuel Hain

#30 Adam Huska
#2 Matej Tomek