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2018 World Junior Hockey Championship: Quarter-final 1 — Czech Republic vs. Finland: Preview, start time, TV schedule, and lineups

The skilled Czechs host a Finnish team that hasn’t quite hit its stride.

Finland v Slovakia - 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Nicholas T. LoVerde/Getty Images

The Czech Republic went into the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship with the talent to surprise a few teams, and claimed second place in Group B as a result. With good players throughout their lineup, they pose a threat to any team, and can’t be counted out of any single-elimination contest.

Finland will have to put in a complete effort if they hope to advance to the semifinals, and that’s something the team has found hard to achieve this year. Their most recent game, played with a chance to secure second spot in Group A, had short bursts of strong play that the team is capable of, but was mostly a night spent on their heels versus Team USA. Should the Finns turn in a similar effort this afternoon, they may find themselves missing out at a chance for a medal for a second year in a row.

How to watch

Puck drop: 12:00 PM EST / 9:00 AM PST
In Canada: TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5 (English,) RDS (French)
In the United States: NHL Network
Live stream: TSNGO

Team Czech Republic projected lineup

CZE Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#6 Marek Zachar #21 Filip Chytil #16 Martin Kaut
#29 Albert Michnáč #8 Martin Nečas #18 Filip Zadina
#15 Daniel Kurovský #22 Kristian Reichel #25 Radovan Pavlík
#27 Ostap Safin #28 Petr Kodýtek #17 Kryštof Hrabík
#20 Jakub Lauko

CZE Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#19 Vojtěch Budík #3 Libor Hájek
#11 Filip Král #23 Jakub Galvas
#14 Ondrej Vála #7 Radim Salda

CZE Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
#30 Josef Kořenář
#1 Jakub Škarek

Team Finland projected lineup

FIN Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#20 Eeli Tolvanen #9 Janne Kuokkanen #13 Kristian Vesalainen
#32 Aleksi Heponiemi #27 Joni Ikonen #12 Otto Koivula
#3 Juha Jääskä #15 Joona Koppanen #21 Markus Nurmi
#34 Rasmus Kupari #22 Aapeli Räsänen #33 Jere Innala

FIN Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#2 Miro Heiskanen #6 Juuso Välimäki
#7 Olli Juolevi #28 Henri Jokiharju
#23 Urho Vaakanainen #4 Robin Salo
#36 Kasper Kotkansalo

FIN Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
#1 Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen
#31 Niilo Halonen