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2018 World Junior Hockey Championship: Relegation Game 1 — Belarus vs. Denmark: Preview, start time, and lineups

After missing out on the medal round, the two fifth-place teams from the group stage begin a best-of-three relegation series.

Czech Republic v Belarus - 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Nicholas T. LoVerde/Getty Images

Denmark has had an impressive run at the World Juniors in recent years. Since winning the Division IA title to get promoted for the 2015 event, they have been among the top 10 nations for four years running. Should they hope to extend that to five, they will have to dispatch Team Belarus in a best-of-three relegation series.

Belarus returned to the IIHF’s Top Division after having been knocked out of the group in 2016 by Switzerland, making their way back for the 2018 tournament. A team hovering right on the line between the elite level and international hockey’s second tier, the nation will be determined to avoid the yo-yoing across that line they’ve experienced and stick around for the 2019 event.

Puck drop is at 2:00 PM EST / 11:00 AM PST

Team Belarus projected lineup

BLR Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#30 Ilya Litvinov #12 Igor Martynov #19 Ivan Drozdov
#7 Viktor Bovbel #24 Maxim Sushko #17 Yegor Sharangovich
#10 Vladislav Ryadchenko #14 Sergei Pischuk #32 Dmitri Grinkevich
#13 Arseni Astashevich #21 Vladislav Mikhalchuk #26 Nazar Anisimov
#11 Alexander Lukashevich

BLR Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#4 Vladislav Sokolovski #18 Dmitri Burovtsev
#5 Dmitri Deryabin #8 Vladislav Yeryomenko
#3 Andrei Gostev #6 Vladislav Martynyuk
#22 Vladislav Gabrus

BLR Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
#20 Andrei Grischenko
#1 Dmitri Rodik

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