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

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Canada and Denmark square off on Saturday night, with two very different goals in mind.

2015 IIHF World Junior Championship - Denmark v Canada Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images

Team Canada took part in the first ever outdoor game to be played at the World Junior Hockey Championship yesterday afternoon. It was a proper winter day in Buffalo, with wind and lake-effect snow showing up just in time for the game.

Despite getting out to a 3-1 lead, the Canadians were not able to hold on for the win, giving up two third-period goals to the United States, and ultimately losing in a shootout.

Denmark has faced two of the top teams not only in their group, but also the tournament, being outscored by a margin of 13-1 over two games versus the USA and Finland.

The team has always relied on quick-strike opportunities against the run of play to find success, but that has not been a winning strategy versus the powerhouses in the tournament. They’ve been outshot 98-24 in two games, and the goaltenders haven’t been able to withstand the barrage.

Things won’t be any easier for the Danes, going up against a Canadian squad coming off a loss against their rival, yet with a chance to secure the top seed in Group A with a win.

Canada will welcome a chance to return to more stable conditions where their puck-moving skills can be put to better use. Denmark will have a difficult time gaining a foothold against a team able to transition from defence to offence so quickly, and will once again need to hope their netminder can hold the fort.

They may get their chances on the power play, as Canada has taken the most penalties of any team in the tournament while also allowing the most goals against while down a man. It’s an issue that has been discussed by head coach Dominique Ducharme, one that always seems to plague Team Canada at international events, and one Denmark could be able to capitalize upon to secure a much-needed point to help with their bid to avoid the relegation series.

How to watch

Puck drop: 8:00 PM EST / 5:00 PM PST
In Canada: TSN1, TSN4, TSN5, TSN 4K (English,) RDS (French)
In the United States: NHL Network
Live stream: 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 Denmark projected lineup

DEN Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#20 Joachim Blichfeld #19 Nikolaj Krag Christensen #16 Jonas Røndbjerg
#8 Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup #11 Valdemar Ahlberg #23 David Søgaard Madsen
#22 Andreas Grundtvig #27 Philip Louis Schultz #25 Magnus Molge
#21 Daniel Bækhøj Nielsen #17 Lucas Andersen #28 Christoffer Gath

DEN Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#6 Jakob Jessen #3 Malte Setkov
#4 Christian Larsen #2 Oliver Joakim Larsen
#9 Rasmus Birk Heine #7 Jeppe Urup Mogensen
#14 Lasse Holm Mortensen

DEN Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
#31 Kasper L. Krog
#1 Emil Gransøe