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2020 World Junior Hockey Championship: QF #3 — USA vs. Finland: Lineups, start time, and TV schedule

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The rematch of last year’s Gold Medal Game will see one team eliminated from medal contention.

USA v Finland: Gold Medal Game - 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images

United States vs. Finland

How to watch

Puck drop: 11:30 AM EST / 8:30 AM PST
In Canada: TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5 (English,) RDS2 (French)
In the United States: NHL Network
Live stream: TSN Direct, RDS Direct

It was the loss to Canada that prevented Team USA from finishing first in Group B, ending the preliminary round with eight points to Canada’s nine.

The crossover that sees teams pair off in inverse order with clubs from the other section pitted second-place USA against third-place Finland, so last year’s silver medal- and goal medal-winning clubs are fighting just to get a chance at claiming a medal this year, and one of them isn’t going to get that shot.

USA likely expected to learn they’d be taking on Switzerland as they sat idle on the last day of the round robin. Finland probably expected that as well, but they were beaten by a determined Swiss club that claimed second spot in Group A, dropping Finland to third with the loss.

If today’s game turns into a special-teams battle (as tends to happen in international competition), the advantage goes to Finland. The Americans started hot in their first game versus Canada, but their man advantage has cooled, now ranking fourth in the tournament, slightly below Finland. The two teams are at opposite extremes on the penalty kill however, with Finland allowing three goals in 20 times short-handed, and the US surrendering seven on the same number of penalties. It could prove to be the deciding factor that sends USA home with nothing to show for their performance.

Team USA projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#16 Nick Robertson #22 Shane Pinto #18 Oliver Wahlstrom
#9 Trevor Zegras #12 Jack Drury #28 Arthur Kaliyev
#17 John Beecher #15 Alex Turcotte #13 Cole Caufield
#25 Jacob Pivonka #23 Bobby Brink #10 Curtis Hall
#20 Parker Ford

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#19 K'Andre Miller #7 Spencer Stastney
#24 Mattias Samuelsson #2 Jordan Harris
#6 Zac Jones #21 Ty Emberson
#4 Cam York

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
#30 Spencer Knight
#32 Dustin Wolf

Team Finland projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#20 Matias Maccelli #25 Antti Saarela #15 Lenni Killinen
#21 Patrik Puistola #27 Kristian Tanus #18 Joonas Oden
#12 Eemil Erholtz #23 Mikko Petman #24 Sampo Ranta
#35 Aku Räty #34 Aatu Räty

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#29 Kim Nousiainen #33 Lassi Thomson
#4 Ville Heinola #2 Santeri Hatakka
#9 Toni Utunen #5 Mikko Kokkonen
#3 Anttoni Honka #6 Peetro Seppälä

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
#30 Justus Annunen
#31 Jasper Patrikainen