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2020 World Junior Hockey Championship: QF #2 — Canada vs. Slovakia: Lineups, start time, and TV schedule

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Canada gathered themselves to claim the top spot in Group B, and their reward is a matchup with the worst defensive team in the tournament.

INTERNATIONAL HOCKEY: JAN 04 World Junior Championship - Slovakia v Canada Photo by John Crouch/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Canada vs. Slovakia

How to watch

Puck drop: 9:00 AM EST / 6:00 AM PST
In Canada: TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5 (English,) RDS (French)
In the United States: NHL Network
Live stream: TSN Direct, RDS Direct

You may have been surprised if someone told you Canada would go on to finish as the top team in Group B right after they were manhandled by Russia in the second game of the preliminary round. At that point, all five teams in the section were holding 1-1 records, with any one of them able to snag the number-one seed. But two wins later, the nation accomplished just that, becoming the only team in that group to win three games.

You would have walked out of the room if someone prognosticated Alexis Lafrenière’s return for the first elimination game after what looked like a very serious knee injury versus Russia. Not only did his tournament look to be in jeopardy, but the remainder of his draft season as well. Nevertheless, an MRI that was heavilty scrutinized by doctors in several countries showed no substantial damage, so the forward is free to return to action.

Canada will therefore be at full strength when they play their quarter-final today, and that’s not the news Slovakia would have wanted to hear. Already surrendering the most goals of any team in the Top Division (including those playing the relegation series), they draw a team that scored among the most.

Given the current state of their program, Slovakia will mostly just be relieved they were able to stick around among hockey’s elite for another year. With all the pressure now off, they can relax and see what they can do in the quarters, which will make them somewhat dangerous as an opponent for Canada. The result isn’t automatic by any means, and that’s why they play the games, but Canada will be the heavy favourite in the second match of the day.

Team Canada projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#11 Alexis Lafrenière #27 Barrett Hayton #29 Nolan Foote
#8 Liam Foudy #9 Joe Veleno #22 Dylan Cozens
#17 Connor McMichael #18 Ty Dellandrea #25 Aidan Dudas
#19 Quinton Byfield #16 Akil Thomas #10 Raphael Lavoie
#20 Dawson Mercer

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#14 Jared McIsaac #24 Ty Smith
#4 Bowen Byram #5 Jacob Bernard-Docker
#2 Kevin Bahl #3 Calen Addison
#6 Jamie Drysdale

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
#30 Joel Hofer
#1 Nico Daws

Team Slovakia projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#7 Martin Fasko-Rudas #26 Marek Minarik #8 Oliver Okuliar
#27 Maxim Cajkovic #12 Kristian Kovacik #19 Robert Dzugan
#14 Dominik Jendek #13 Adam Pauliny #28 Daniel V. Tkac
#25 Michal Mrázik #15 Jakub Minarik #18 Viktor Durina

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#17 Martin Vitalos #5 Marko Stacha
#4 David Mudrak #20 Samuel Knazko
#10 Martin Bucko #3 Marcel Dlugos
#22 Oliver Turan #6 Boris Cesanek

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
#2 Samuel Hlavaj
#1 Samuel Vyletelka