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2020 World Junior Hockey Championship: SF #1 — Sweden vs. Russia: Lineups, start time, and TV schedule

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Sweden aims to get to the Gold Medal Game, but Alexander Romanov and Team Russia have other plans.

United States v Russia: Semifinals - 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images

Sweden vs. Russia

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

Sweden once again got through the preliminary round without a loss. It’s the 13th year in a row they’ve done that; a truly incredible achievement. The country doesn’t have the hardware to show for that invincibility, however, because the playoff round hs proven to be their kryptonite.

Last season they were sent home after getting shut out in the quarter-finals by the Swiss, not even getting a chance to play a game with a medal on the line, which had never happened in that run of round-robin victories that extended back to 2008. In those 11 medal games they played, they came away the winner in just two, going 1-4 in Bronze Medal Games, and 1-5 when playing for gold. The most recent disappointing Final loss came in 2017, when several members of the silver-winning team were disciplined for tossing unwanted medals into the crowd.

They’re hoping this season will be different, but that means defeating two very strong clubs. The first team they would have to beat to get a shot at gold is Russia, which has experienced similar success in that same 13-year span, though with a much better record when playing for bronze.

One of the clubs will be claiming at least silver in this year’s tournament, but both have their eyes on the top spot of the podium, and you can expect them to fight to the bitter end in their attempts to get there.

Team Sweden projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#11 Samuel Fagemo #19 David Gustafsson #21 Nils Höglander
#26 Jonathan Berggren #15 Oscar Bäck #20 Nikola Pasic
#10 Alexandrer Holtz #22 Karl Henriksson #18 Lucas Raymond
#25 Linus Öberg #24 Hugo Gustafsson #29 Linus Nässen
#23 Albin Eriksson

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#9 Victor Söderström #8 Rasmus Sandin
#27 Nils Lundkvist #4 Adam Ginning
#7 Tobias Björnfot #5 Philip Broberg
#6 Mattias Norlinder

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
#30 Hugo Alnefelt
#1 Jesper Eliasson

Team Russia projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#9 Kirill Marchenko #8 Ivan D. Morozov #11 Vasili Podkolzin
#27 Pavel Dorofeyev #10 Dmitri Voronkov #24 Nikita Alexandrov
#19 Nikita Rtishchev #12 Ilya Kruglov #17 Maxim Sorkin
#28 Maxim Groshev #14 Grigori Denisenko #7 Alexander Khovanov
#13 Yegor Sokolov

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#26 Alexander Romanov #2 Daniil Zhuravlyov
#25 Daniil Misyul #4 Yegor Zamula
#6 Daniil Pylenkov #3 Danila Galenyuk
#5 Anton Malyshev

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
#1 Amir Miftakhov
#30 Yaroslav Askarov