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2019 World Junior Hockey Championship Semifinal #1: Russia vs. USA — Lineups, start time, and TV schedule

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It’s Alexander Romanov versus Ryan Poehling in the first semifinal of the day.

Russia v Slovakia: Quarterfinal - 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images

Russia vs. USA

How to watch

Puck drop: 4:00 PM EST / 1:00 PM PST
In Canada: TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5 (English,) RDS (French)
In the United States: NHL Network
Live stream: TSN Direct, RDS Direct

Russia had a few games that left a few question marks about their squad in the preliminary round. It was the game against Switzerland that seemed to push them to their top gear, coming back from a 3-1 deficit to win that game 7-4. They went on to defeat Canada in the final game of the preliminary schedule, and then won the least competitive of the four quarter-finals, knocking Slovakia out of the tournament with an 8-3 decision.

Today they play another team that has been working its way through the field in recent days, getting a matchup with the United States that would make for a worthy final. There will be no medals handed out after the game, but there is the threat of missing out on a chance for gold. This game should be among the best the World Juniors have seen this year.

Ryan Poehling is the tournament’s top scorer, with five goals and eight points. He is relied upon in all situations for his team. Alexander Romanov is in a similar position for the Russian side, doing it all on the blue line. He’s just one point back of Poehling for a share of the tournament scoring lead and leads all players with a +10 rating while playing significant minutes.

If you’re a Montreal Canadiens fan, it’s a chance to see two players who seem destined for roles with the NHL team in the near future. Even without that added element, it’s still bound to be a highly entertaining contest.

Team Russia projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#9 Artyom Galimov #23 Ivan Muranov #29 Kirill Slepets
#14 Vitali Kravtsov #24 Klim Kostin #28 Grigori Denisenko
#10 Stepan Starkov #15 Nikolai Kovalenko #16 Pavel Shen
#18 Nikita Shashkov #12 Kirill Marchenko #17 Ivan Morozov
#11 Vasili Podkolzin

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#2 Danila Zhuravlyov #6 Ilya Morozov
#26 Alexander Romanov #5 Dmitri Samorukov
#8 Saveli Olshansky #4 Alexander Alexeyev
#27 Mark Rubinchik

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
#20 Pyotr Kochetkov
#30 Daniil Tarasov

Team USA projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#28 Joel Farabee #14 Josh Norris #15 Jason Robertson
#21 Noah Cates #17 Evan Barratt #9 Tyler Madden
#12 Logan Cockerill #11 Ryan Poehling #18 Oliver Wahlstrom
#6 Jack Hughes #8 Sasha Chmelevski #16 Jay O'Brien
#19 Jack Drury

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#4 Dylan Samberg #26 Mikey Anderson
#7 Quinn Hughes #25 Phil Kemp
#24 Mattias Samuelsson #2 Jack St. Ivany
#20 K'Andre Miller

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
#30 Cayden Primeau
#1 Kyle Keyser