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2017 World Junior Hockey Championship Gold Medal Game: Canada vs. USA preview, start time, TV schedule, and lineups

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Canada and USA will stoke the fires of their rivalry once again as they battle for gold

USA v Canada - 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship

It should be a gold medal game for the ages, as both Canada and the United States are coming off of exhilarating semifinal victories. For Team USA came down to the wire against Russia in a fast-paced back-and-forth game that ended in a shootout, whereas Canada overcame early struggles to beat Sweden 5-2.

The host nation will look to deliver a better performance this time around against the United States, as the preliminary game loss left the Canadians with a bitter taste in their mouths. Last time Canada was unable to effectively break through the American defense, only scoring a single goal that came on the man advantage.

The goaltending match-up is likely to be different this time around than it was on New Year's Eve. Instead of Connor Ingram and Joseph Woll, it is likely to be Carter Hart and Tyler Parsons starting in goal, as they both earned the wins in their respective semifinal games.

The key to victory for Canada will be to start off strong, something that they have struggled with all tournament. The line of Pierre-Luc Dubois, Julien Gauthier and Nicholas Roy has arguably been the team's best since they were put together, but most of Canada's forwards have chipped in at various times.

Team USA will continue to work hard along the boards and in front of the net and try to create bounces that will lead to goals, much like they did against Russia. They will be led by Colin White and Clayton Keller, who have been consistently solid all tournament long.

How to watch

Puck drop: 8:00 PM EST / 5:00 PM PST

In Canada: TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5, TSN4K (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

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

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
#1 Tyler Parsons
#31 Joseph Woll