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2018 World Junior Hockey Championship: Semifinal 2 — Canada vs. Czech Republic: Preview, start time, TV schedule, and lineups

The Czechs earn a date with Canada in their first trip to the final four since 2005.

Switzerland v Canada: Quarterfinal - 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Nicholas T. LoVerde/Getty Images

Canada enters the primetime semifinal at the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship as the top-scoring team at the event. The team is averaging just under six goals per game, and put up eight on Switzerland in the quarterfinals.

A strong complement of skilled players for the Czech Republic have combined to score 22 goals in their five contests, as the team has surprised a few clubs on its way to the medal round.

Martin Nečas is one off the tournament scoring lead, while defenceman Libor Hájek leads all blue-liners in points. A third of the Czechs’ offence has come from their power play, which is operating at 50%.

This semifinal is a showdown between the two best man-advantage teams at the event, with Canada posting an even better 52.6% conversion rate while on the power play.

If it does come down to a special teams battle, the Czechs will need a better showing from their penalty kill, which has allowed the most goals of the 10 teams at the tournament. Maintaining the 66.7% efficiency they’ve had to this point won’t be enough to fend off the potent Canadian offence.

How to watch

Puck drop: 8:00 PM EST / 5:00 PM PST
In Canada: TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5 (English,) RDS2 (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

#31 Carter Hart
#1 Colton Point

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

#30 Josef Kořenář
#1 Jakub Škarek