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2017 World Junior Hockey Championship: Canada vs. USA preview, start time, TV listings & lineups

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It’s a New Year’s Eve tradition! Two longtime rivals face off on junior hockey’s biggest stage.

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

Both Canada and the United States have enjoyed a flawless 2017 World Junior Championship through their first three games.

Canada started the tournament with a 5-3 win over rivals Russia, followed it up with a 5-0 performance against Slovakia, and finally a 10-2 drubbing of Latvia. No one has scored more goals than Canada so far, and they’re being led by a trio of players: Matthew Barzal (NYI), Taylor Raddysh (TBL), and Dylan Strome (ARI). They have contributed 11 of Canada’s 20 goals, and will be relied upon to continue their offensive outburst against the Americans.

Neither coach wanted to divulge the identity of their starter, although it’s worth noting that Tyler Parsons (CGY) and Carter Hart (PHI) have played in two of their teams’ round robin games.

Update: Connor Ingram (TBL) will get the start for Canada.

Although they’re not scoring as much as Canada, the United States is also enjoying a balanced attack which has yielded great results. They opened the tournament with a 6-1 win over Latvia, then recorded a 5-2 win over Slovakia, and finally an emotional 3-2 win over the Russians. Clayton Keller (ARI) is the leading scorer, followed by Colin White (OTT), Troy Terry (ANA), and Tage Thompson (STL).

The winner of this game will face fourth place team from Group A, whereas the loser will face the third place team during the quarter-finals on January 2nd.

The USA will be looking for redemption, seeing as Canada has won the last six meetings between these two teams.

How to watch

Puck drop: 3:30 PM EST / 12:30 PM PST
In Canada: TSN (English), RDS (French)
Online Stream: TSNGO

Team Canada’s projected lineup (subject to change)

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

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

#31 Carter Hart
#1 Connor Ingram

Team USA’s projected lineup (subject to change)

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

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

#1 Tyler Parsons
#31 Joseph Woll