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

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Canada looks to refocus as they move ahead into the quarter-finals.

HOCKEY: DEC 26 IIHF World Junior Championship - Russia v Canada Photo by Dan Hamilton/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The New Year’s Eve match-up against the United States did not go as planned for Canada, as they were unable to step up against their rivals. However, with strong wins against Russia, Slovakia and Latvia, Canada is now looking ahead to the quarter-finals where they will play against the Czech Republic.

Canada suffered a devastating loss during Saturday’s game as they lost defenceman Philippe Myers to a concussion. Myers was playing alongside Thomas Chabot on the top pairing, so the absence of the 6’5” right-shot stalwart will be very noticeable.

Kale Clague was the one who took Myers’ spot alongside Chabot for the rest of that game and he stayed there during practice on Sunday. Now that the team is down to six defencemen, other d-men such as Canadiens prospect Noah Juulsen will see their ice-time and responsibilities increase. Canada is confident enough that they will be up to the task, as the defensive successes have been from a collective effort.

Canada will also be sporting a new top forward line, consisting of Tyson Jost, Dylan Strome and Blake Speers. We will be seeing an all-QMJHL line in Pierre-Luc Dubois, Nicholas Roy and Julien Gauthier. The hope is that with the forwards spread out a bit more throughout the lineup, Canada can create more offensive at even strength.

The Czech Republic have squeaked by to make it past the preliminary rounds thanks to their win over Finland 2-1 on opening day and two overtime losses, resulting in a 1-1-2 record and five points in the standings. Canada also beat the Czechs 5-0 during pre-tournament play, though they will not be taking their opponents lightly and will look to take them out of the game early.

How to watch

Puck drop: 8:00 PM 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
#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

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
#31 Carter Hart
#1 Connor Ingram

Czech Republic’s projected lineup (subject to change)

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

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
#30 Daniel Vladař
#2 Jakub Škarek