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2018 World Junior Hockey Championship: Gold Medal Game — Canada vs. Sweden: Preview, start time, TV schedule, and lineups

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The top two teams go head-to-head, with a championship title on the line.

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

See the highlights of Canada’s 3-1 win over Sweden in our recap right here.

It’s fitting that the teams ranked first and second in both offence and defence will be vying for gold at the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship. Canada and Sweden have been the cream of the crop at this year’s tournament, with each looking primed to take the world under-20 title.

While the goaltending is fairly close between the competing countries, each allowing fewer than two goals per game, Canada ran away with the goal-scoring lead through the first six games played, scoring an average of six times per contest.

Helping them achieve that is an impressively efficient power play, currently operating at over 56%, and accounting for 13 of the team’s 36 goals. Normally the top country in that department, the Swedes have been fairly average in 2018, only scoring on about one of every four power-play chances they’ve received.

Just a few games ago, no Canadian was ranked among the top 10 scorers for the tournament, but you will now find four of them on that list. Jordan Kyrou is just one point off the pace, while Cale Makar leads all defencemen with eight points.

Rasmus Dahlin is just two back of Makar, and it has been an incredible showing from the 17-year-old defenceman. He was already the consensus pick to go first overall in the upcoming NHL draft, but his performance against his peers, most of whom are two years his senior, has hockey fans around the world wondering just how good he can become.

How to watch

Puck drop: 8:00 PM EST / 5:00 PM PST
In Canada: TSN1, TSN4, TSN4K (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 Sweden projected lineup

SWE Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#17 Frederik Karlström #24 Lias Andersson #19 Alexander Nylander
#28 Fabian Zetterlund #16 Linus Lindström #14 Elias Pettersson
#9 Tim Söderlund #20 Isac Lundeström #29 Oscar Steen
#12 Glenn Gustafsson #10 Marcus Davidsson #22 Axel Jonsson-Fjällby
#21 Jesper Boqvist

SWE Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#27 Jacob Moverare #7 Timothy Liljegren
#8 Rasmus Dahlin #26 Erik Brännström
#23 Jesper Sellgren #5 Gustav Lindström
#6 Linus Högberg

SWE Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
#30 Filip Gustavsson
#1 Filip Larsson