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2018 World Junior Hockey Championship: Canada vs. USA — Preview, start time, TV schedule, and lineups

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A rematch of last year’s Gold Medal Game takes place at New Era Field in the tournament’s first outdoor game.

United States v Canada - Gold Medal Game - 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Last year, it was the Americans who got the best of Canada, edging them out in a shootout in order to capture a gold medal in Montreal. This year, their first meeting will be in a whole new environment.

New Era Field will be the venue today, as the World Junior Hockey Championship holds its first ever outdoor game, and there could be no greater matchup for the grand stage.

So far in the tournament, Canada has been one of the better offensive teams, having scored 10 goals in two games so far, winning their matches, against Finland and Slovakia. They stand on top of Group A, and show no signs of slowing down.

Montreal Canadiens prospect/player Victor Mete has had an exceptional tournament so far, unofficially tied for first in scoring with four points, all assists, to his name. Jordan Kyrou is another player to watch for Canada going as well, as he’s had a strong start so far with one goal and two assists, including this beauty against Slovakia.

Meanwhile, the United States came into the tournament as one of the favourites, and showed why in their first game as they defeated Denmark 9-0 on opening day. However, they were upset last night by Slovakia in a thriller, a game where Habs 2017 first-round pick Ryan Poehling recorded his first point in the tournament. The U.S. battled a strong Slovakia side determined to come out on the winning end following their previous loss to Canada.

The Canadian squad must be prepared for an American team ready to bring their all, especially in front of the hometown crowd in Buffalo.

Eyes On The Prize had a chance to speak with Mete following their game against Slovakia, and asked him about the rivalry with the Americans.

“Yeah no, it’s probably the biggest in hockey: Canada versus the USA in hockey. We know they’re a good team and we have to come prepared and take it to them. I think it’s kind of every level, the rivalry between the two is just crazy. Canada wants to beat USA, USA wants to beat Canada at every age group. It’s pretty crazy.”

Clearly, the stakes are as high as ever, and with a stage as incredible as an outdoor game, this will be the must-watch game of the tournament thus far.

How to watch

Puck drop: 3:00 PM EST / 12:00 PM PST
In Canada: TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5, TSN 4K (English,) RDS (French)
In the United States: NHL Network
Streaming: TSNGO

Team Canada projected lineup

CAN Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#9 Dillon Dube #23 Sam Steel #25 Jordan Kyrou
#12 Boris Katchouk #27 Robert Thomas #16 Taylor Raddysh
#11 Jonah Gadjovich #20 Michael McLeod #19 Drake Batherson
#14 Maxime Comtois #21 Brett Howden #24 Alex Formenton
#17 Tyler Steenbergen

CAN Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#28 Victor Mete #3 Conor Timmins
#10 Kale Clague #8 Dante Fabbro
#2 Jake Bean #7 Cale Makar
#6 Cal Foote

CAN Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
#31 Carter Hart
#1 Colton Point

Team USA projected lineup

USA Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#23 Kieffer Bellows #4 Ryan Poehling #17 Kailer Yamamoto
#7 Brady Tkachuk #11 Casey Mittelstadt #13 Joey Anderson
#49 Max Jones #9 Josh Norris #21 Patrick Harper
#27 Riley Tufte #34 Trent Frederic

USA Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#12 Dylan Samberg #8 Adam Fox
#5 Ryan Lindgren #15 Scott Perunovich
#24 Mikey Anderson #20 Andrew Peeke
#6 Quinn Hughes

USA Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
#30 Jake Oettinger
#1 Joseph Woll

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