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World Juniors 2017 Quarterfinals: Denmark vs. Russia, Slovakia vs. Sweden, Switzerland vs. United States previews, start times, & lines

It’s win-or-go-home as the WJC knockout round begins.

2017 IIHF World Junior Championship: Russia 2 - 0 Slovakia Photo by Yelena Rusko\TASS via Getty Images

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11:00 AM EST: Finland vs. Latvia

Relegation Round: Game 1

NOT TELEVISED

In the first game of the relegation round, Finland and their new coach, Jussi Ahokas, are looking to stave off a drop to the second tier against Latvia in the first of three games. While Finland struggled in the group stage, they put up a 51-shot effort against Switzerland in the final preliminary-round game.

While Finland is making history by being the first team to win gold one year and then play in the relegation round the next year, it will be very tough for Latvia to avoid relegation against what should be a much stronger club.

Finland’s projected lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#35 Otto Koivula #25 Julius Nättinen #15 Petrus Palmu
#33 Eeli Tolvanen #32 Aapeli Räsänen #34 Kristian Vesalainen
#13 Henrik Borgström #10 Kasper Björkqvist #9 Janne Kuokkanen
#21 Joona Luoto #20 Julius Mattila #22 Arttu Ruotsalainen
#27 Teemu Väyrynen
Left Defence Right Defence
#18 Vili Saarijärvi #12 Juuso Välimäki
#7 Olli Juolevi #2 Miro Heiskanen
#3 Urho Vaakanainen #28 Jesper Mattila
#6 Juho Rautanen
Goaltenders
#31 Veini Vehviläinen
#30 Karolus Kaarlehto

Latvia’s projected lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#6 Eduards Tralmaks #11 Renars Krastenbergs #12 Erlends Klavins
#10 Martins Dzierkals #21 Rudolfs Balcers #22 Filips Buncis
#9 Rihards Puide #14 Roberts Baranovskis #16 Valters Apfelbaums
#17 Roberts Blugers #18 Ricards Bernhards #24 Deniss Smirnovs
Left Defence Right Defence
#3 Eduards Hugo Jansons #4 Gvido Jansons
#5 Kristians Rubins #23 Karlis Cukste
#7 Maksims Ponomarenko #8 Kristaps Zile
#15 Tomass Zeile #26 Rimants Zeilis
Goaltenders
#30 Mareks Egils Mitens
#29 Gustavs Davis Grigals

1:00 PM EST: Russia vs. Denmark

Quarterfinal 1

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Russia has only won two games at the World Juniors this year and they look to win their third against the upstart Danes in the first of four quarterfinals. The Danish crew will rely on strong goaltending and opportunistic scoring as well as their flawless penalty kill.

On the other hand, Russia will look to impose their superior skill onto the Danish squad. Russia has struggled at times this tournament and of all the favourites in the quarterfinals, they look to be the most vulnerable after they only beat Slovakia by two goals. They should be able to dispatch the Danes, but anything can happen.

Denmark’s projected lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#27 Alexander True #20 Mathias From #10 Rasmus T. Andersson
#16 Jonas Røndbjerg #19 Nikolaj Krag Christensen #11 Joachim Blichfeld
#18 William Boysen #22 Frederik Høeg-Jørgensen #9 Jeppe Jul Korsgaard
#14 Niklas Andersen #13 Christian Wejse #21 Tobias Ladehoff
#23 David Madsen
Left Defence Right Defence
#5 Oliver Gatz Nielsen #8 Nicolai Weichel
#12 Christian Mieritz #2 Oliver Joakim Larsen
#3 Anders Koch #7 Mathias Røndbjerg
#15 Morten Jensen
Goaltenders
#30 Lasse M. Petersen
#31 Kasper L. Krog

Russia’s projected lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#10 Alexander Polunin #24 Mikhail Vorobyov #7 Kirill Kaprizov
#19 Pavel Karnaukhov #9 Danila Kvartalnov #27 Denis Guryanov
#25 Yakov Trenin #8 Kirill Urakov #17 German Rubtsov
#21 Denis Alexeyev #14 Kirill Belyayev #22 Danil Yurtaikin
Left Defence Right Defence
#28 Yegor Rykov #3 Mikhail Sidorov
#26 Mikhail Sergachev #2 Vadim Kudako
#15 Yegor Voronkov #6 Sergey Zborovskiy
#23 Grigoriy Dronov
Goaltenders
#30 Ilya Samsonov
#20 Vladislav Sukhachyov

3:30 EST: Sweden vs. Slovakia

Quarterfinal 2

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Sweden has beaten every team they have met with ease this tournament. The one team that gave them a moment of pause, Finland, was swiftly dispatched once Sweden imposed their will. While Slovakia could possibly beat Sweden, it would take a Martin Réway-sized miracle, and he is not coming through the door.

Instead, Slovakia will have to rely on goaltending and hope that they once again can find opportunistic scoring. It is fair to say that unlike the last time the World Juniors were in Canada, they are unlikely to medal.

Slovakia’s projected lineup

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 #12 Marian Studenic
#27 Filip Lestan #15 Marek Sloboda #26 Milos Roman
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
Goaltenders
#30 Adam Huska
#2 Matej Tomek

Sweden’s projected lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#14 Elias Pettersson #15 Lias Andersson #16 Carl Grundström
#18 Rasmus Asplund #24 Jens Lööke #27 Jonathan Dahlen
#17 Fredrik Karlström #20 Joel Eriksson-Ek #19 Alexander Nylander
#25 Sebastian Ohlsson #28 Andreas Wingerli #11 Filip Ahl
#29 Tim Söderlund
Left Defence Right Defence
#7 Oliver Kylington #9 Gabriel Carlsson
#4 Jacob Larsson #6 Kristoffer Gunnarsson
#5 David Bernhardt #23 Lucas Carlsson
#8 Rasmus Dahlin
Goaltenders
#1 Felix Sandström
#30 Filip Gustavsson

5:30: USA vs. Switzerland

Quarterfinal 3

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The United States of America should be the team to win this game. They are a quick, skilled group that has a goalie who makes the saves he needs to make. That said, their defence can be suspect sometimes and there are times when the forwards seem to be unable to finish.

On the other hand, Switzerland has found itself in this position before at different levels of international play and has pulled off the upset before. With good goaltending — Joren van Pottelberghe is coming off of a 49-save loss — they can score enough to cause the upset. The USA should win, but nothing is ever promised in a one-game playoff.

USA’s projected lineup

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
#4 Caleb Jones #25 Charlie McAvoy
#2 Ryan Lindgren #6 Casey Fitzgerald
#3 Jack Ahcan #33 Joe Cecconi
#8 Adam Fox
Goaltenders
#1 Tyler Parsons
#31 Joseph Woll

Switzerland’s projected lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#9 Damien Riat #12 Calvin Thürkauf #15 Nathan Marchon
#16 Loic In Albon #18 Nico Hischier #23 Dominik Diem
#11 Marco Miranda #17 Raphael Prassl #22 Nando Eggenberger
#19 Yannick Zehnder #21 Fabian Haberstich #26 Timo Haussener
#8 Jerome Portmann
Left Defence Right Defence
#4 Roger Karrer #25 Jonas Siegenthaler
#2 Yanick Burren #10 Serge Weber
#7 Nico Gross #24 Colin Gerber
#5 Livio Stadler
Goaltenders
#30 Joren van Pottelberghe
#1 Matteo Ritz