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2020 World Junior Hockey Championship schedule: January 4, 2020

The semi-finals should provide plenty of intrigue.

2020 IIHF World U20 Championship, quarter-finals: Canada vs Slovakia Photo by Peter Kovalev\TASS via Getty Images

Relegation Round

5:00 AM ET: Kazakhstan vs Germany (Germany leads best-of-three series 1-0)

Germany won the first game of the series 4-0 and should be expected to continue to the sweep. John Peterka and Lukas Reichel each had a goal and an assist and Tim Stützle had two assists in Germany’s win.

Semi-finals

9:00 AM ET: Sweden vs Russia

This may be a matchup that many people expected to be for the gold medal entering the tournament. Both teams may very well be the deepest in the entire tournament and their goaltending was expected to be great. Because of Russia’s struggles in the round robin, they are the lowest remaining seed. Sweden’s Nils Hoglander (5G-5A) and Samuel Fagemo (6G-3A) are the tournament’s two leading scorers and Hugo Alnefelt has a 1.47 GAA and .936 save percentage in four games.

Russia is led offensively by five different forwards all tied with six points. After a tough start against the Czechs, top 2020 Draft prospect Yaroslav Askarov (2-1, 2.04, .902) should be expected to get the start but Amir Miftakov (1-1, 1.49, .941) has been very good. Askarov started the quarter-final against Switzerland.

The game will be shown on TSN 1/3/4/5 and RDS in Canada and NHL Network in the United States.

1:00 PM ET: Canada vs Finland

This is a very anticipated rematch of last year’s quarter-final that ended in overtime. Canada and Finland are two very different countries but have become rivals because every game between the two is competitive and hard fought. Alexis Lafreniere (3GP, 2G-4A) returned to Canada’s lineup in the quarter-final and will be the one to watch but Barrett Hayton (5G-4A) is one of the top scorers of the tournament.

For Finland, their team is built from the net out. Justus Annunen has been the best starting goaltender of the tournament with a 1.97 GAA and .936 save percentage. He shut out the United States and could very easily to the same to Canada. Canada is the favourite but make no mistake: this will be a tough game.

The game will be on TSN 1/4/5 and RDS in Canada and NHL Network in the United States.

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