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2020 World Junior Hockey Championship schedule: December 31, 2019

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

Russia v Canada - 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images

Group A Preliminary Games

9:00 AM ET: Sweden vs Slovakia

Sweden will clinch Group A if they continue their incredible round robin win streak against Slovakia. Samuel Fagemo’s six points have him sitting fourth in tournament scoring. Slovakia have qualified for the quarterfinal, but have been outscored 15-3 in their two losses since. They will likely end up in fourth place and play the winner of Group B barring an upset of the Swedes. Robert Dzugan leads the Slovaks with three goals. The game will be shown on TSN 1/3 in Canada and NHL Network in the US.

1:00 PM ET: Switzerland vs Finland

Only one point separates the two countries as this game will decide quarterfinal positioning. Finland still has a chance to clinch top spot in Group A but will need help from Slovakia. Patrik Puistola’s seven points have him tied for second in tournament scoring and is leading Finland offensively. Switzerland is coming off of a big win against Slovakia. The game will be on TSN 3 in Canada. RDS will show the game on delay.

Group B Preliminary Games

9:00 AM ET: Russia vs Germany

It is weird to say, but these two teams will be battling for their lives in the tournament. If Germany beats Russia, the Russians will be sent to the relegation round and miss the quarterfinal. It seems far fetched, but Russia lost to the Czech Republic who then lost to Germany. If Russia wins in regulation, it will be Germany facing Kazakhstan to stay in the top division. The game will be on TSN 4/5 and RDS in Canada.

1:00 PM ET: Canada vs Czech Republic

The point the Czech Republic earned against the United States means that they don’t necessarily need a point against Canada to make the quarterfinal. However, if Germany loses in extra time to Russia, they will need to pick up something from Canada in this game to avoid the relegation round. Any win for Canada earns them top spot in Group B despite their big loss to Russia. Canada will get Joe Veleno back from suspension, but Alexis Lafreniere is still questionable. 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.