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2017 World Junior Hockey Championship Semifinal: Russia vs. United States preview, start time, TV schedule, and lineups

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In a battle of old rivals, who will come out on top?

USA v Russia - 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships

In the first semi-final of the day, a classic rivalry between the USA versus Russia are playing once more for a chance at all the glory. In their previous matchup, the Americans beat the Russians 3-2 with Russia staging a late-game comeback that came up short.

This should be a relatively even game, just like the last one. The Russians are a skilled group that matches up well against the Americans’ speed. Ilya Samsonov is regarded as one of the best young goalies outside of the NHL. Up front, the Russians have shown that they can pick you apart and score, especially the likes of Kirill Kaprizov, Mikhail Vorobyov, and Alexander Polunin on the top line. You can also watch Montreal Canadiens star prospect Mikhail Sergachev play defence.

The Americans have been giving teams fits with their speed and their power play. Both American goalies have been strong, with Joseph Woll having gotten the start in the quarter-final. The Americans won the last matchup between these two teams, so they might have the upperhand this game, but never discount the Russians.

How to watch

Puck drop: 3:00 PM EST / 12:00 PM PST
In Canada: TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5, TSN4K (English), RDS (French)
Streaming: TSNGo

Team 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

Team USA 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