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World Juniors 2017: Czech Republic vs. Denmark, USA vs. Russia, Sweden vs. Finland previews, TV schedule, rosters, lines, and more

It’s a busy day in the World Junior Hockey Championship, with some crucial matchups on the docket.

Coming into the fourth day of the tournament, every team has played two games, and the standings in group play have started to become clearer.

1:00 PM EST Czech Republic vs. Denmark (TSN1, TSN3, TSN5)

Each of these teams has already defeated Finland in regulation, but while Denmark started out the week with a regulation loss to Sweden, the Czechs still gained a point in their OT loss to Switzerland. No one is catching up with Sweden for the lead, but the winner of this game could easily end up fighting for the second spot in Group A.

Team Czech Republic projected lines

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#18 Michael Špaček #16 Daniel Kurovsky #22 David Kase
#14 Filip Chlapík #21 Radek Koblížek #17 Lukáš Jašek
#8 Martin Nečas #23 Šimon Stránský #26 Adam Musil
#15 Tomáš Šoustal #24 Filip Suchý #25 Kristian Reichel

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#12 František Hrdinka #29 Filip Hronek
#20 Jakub Zbořil #28 Petr Kalina
#3 Daniel Krenželok #6 Ondřej Vála

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
David Kvasnicka Filip Hronek
Jakub Zbořil Petr Kalina
Daniel Krenželok František Hrdinka
Ondřej Vála

Jakub Škarek
Daniel Vladař

Team Denmark projected lines

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Alexander True Rasmus T. Andersson Niklas Andersen
Jonas Røndbjerg Nikolaj Krag Christensen Joachim Blichfeld
William Boysen Frederik Høeg-Jørgensen David Madsen
Jeppe Jul Korsgaard Christian Wejse Tobias Ladehoff

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Oliver Gatz Nielsen Nicolai Weichel
Christian Mieritz Oliver Joakim Larsen
Anders Koch Mathias Røndbjerg
Morten Jensen

Lasse M. Petersen
Kasper L. Krog

3:30 PM EST USA vs. Russia (TSN1, TSN3, TSN5)

Having played Canada and Latvia so far, Russia has one win and one loss, both in regulation. This is not a “must-win” game, but it would put them comfortably out of the bottom two in Group B, with only the 0-2 Slovakians left to face.

The Americans are 2-0 in regulation, but they’ve only played Latvia and Slovakia so far, so this may be their first real test of the tournament. A regulation win here for the US means they could stay tied for the top spot in Group B with a chance of finishing first if they defeat Canada on Saturday.

Team USA projected lines

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#19 Clayton Keller #18 Colin White #29 Tage Thompson
#12 Jordan Greenway #9 Luke Kunin #20 Troy Terry
#14 Erik Foley #28 Jack Roslovic #17 Jeremy Bracco
#23 Kieffer Bellows #10 Tanner Laczynski #13 Joey Anderson
#11 Patrick Harper

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#4 Caleb Jones #25 Charlie McAvoy
#2 Ryan Lindgren #8 Adam Fox
#3 Jack Ahcan #33 Joe Cecconi
#6 Casey Fitzgerald

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
#1 Tyler Parsons
#31 Joseph Woll

Team Russia projected lines

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

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Yegor Rykov Mikhail Sidorov
Mikhail Sergachev Sergey Zborovskiy
Yegor Voronkov Artyom Volkov
Grigoriy Dronov Vadim Kudako

Ilya Samsonov
Vladislav Sukhachyov

5:30 PM EST Sweden vs. Finland (TSN2)

Finland currently has sole possession of the worst record in Group A, earning zero points in two regulation losses. Escaping the relegation round this year will be tricky for the returning champions—with no points yet, the Finns will be eliminated if they lose in regulation and Switzerland beats Denmark on Friday. The particulars get complicated, but if Finland wants a chance to move on past the group round, they need a win today. The 2-0 Swedes are alone on top of Group A with six points, and they have a great track record in past years of group play, so Team Finland has their work cut out for them.

Team Sweden projected lines

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#11 Filip Ahl #20 Joel Eriksson-Ek #19 Alexander Nylander
#18 Rasmus Asplund #24 Jens Lööke #27 Jonathan Dahlen
#14 Elias Pettersson #15 Lias Andersson #16 Carl Grundström
#25 Sebastian Ohlsson #28 Andreas Wingerli #29 Tim Söderlund
#17 Fredrik Karlström

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#7 Oliver Kyllington #9 Gabriel Carlsson
#4 Jacob Larsson #6 Kristoffer Gunnarsson
#5 David Bernhardt #23 Lucas Carlsson
#8 Rasmus Dahlin

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
#1 Felix Sandström
#30 Filip Gustavsson

Team Finland projected lines

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Eeli Tolvanen Julius Nättinen Petrus Palmu
Janne Kuokkanen Henrik Borgström Kristian Vesalainen
Arttu Ruotsalainen Aapeli Räsänen Otto Koivula
Kasper Björkqvist Julius Mattila Joona Luoto

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Vili Saarijärvi Juuso Välimäki
Olli Juolevi Miro Heiskanen
Urho Vaakanainen Jesper Mattila
Juho Rautanen

Veini Vehviläinen
Karolus Kaarlehto
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