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2020 World Junior Hockey Championship schedule: December 28, 2019

What to watch for and how to watch today’s action.

Russia v Switzerland : Bronze Medal Game - 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images

Group A Preliminary Games

9:00 AM ET: Finland vs Slovakia

Finland is going to try to bounce back after an overtime loss to Sweden but will have to do it without Rasmus Kupari. The forward is out for the remainder of the tournament. That is a big blow as he was expected to provide a lot of the leadership up front. Slovakia is coming off of a big win against Kazakhstan and their next mission is avoiding the top team in Group B in the quarterfinal. The game will be shown on TSN 1/3 and NHL Network in the US.

1:00 PM ET: Switzerland vs Sweden

Two teams that won their opener, albeit Sweden needed overtime against Finland and Switzerland struggled against Kazakhstan. Sweden will have to work to keep their round robin winning streak alive. Matthew Verboon had two goals in the opener for the Swiss. Samuel Fagemo had a goal and an assist for Sweden against Finland. 2020 Draft Eligibles Lucas Raymond and Alexander Holtz (who had the OT winner) are ones to watch. The game will be on TSN 3 in Canada. RDS will show the game on delay.

Group B Preliminary Games

9:00 AM ET: Czech Republic vs Germany

The Germans, who are a very talented team, put up a tough fight against the United States and will look to bounce back with a win against the hosts. This may very well be their best chance to avoid the relegation round. The Czech Republic are without Jakub Lauko, who is out for the tournament but they have added forward Karel Plasek. They are coming off of a huge win against Russia and could soldify their positioning with another win. The game will be on TSN 4/5 and RDS in Canada, NHL Network in the US.

1:00 PM ET: Canada vs Russia

Canada had a back and forth game against the United States and will look to keep their momentum going. Alexis Lafreniere proved why he is expected to the the first pick at the 2020 NHL Draft with a goal and three assists in the opener. Russia lost in regulation in an upset against the Czech Republic and will not want to lose back-to-back games to start the tournament. Alexander Romanov was the only Russian player over 20 minutes in the opener. They also added defenceman Danil Misyul and forward Ilya Kruglov to the roster. The game will be on TSN 1/4/5 and RDS in Canada, NHL Network in the US.

All games shown on TSN will be streamed on TSN Live in Canada, but it requires a subscription.