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

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A potent Team Canada clashes with a stingy Team Finland for the final spot in the Gold Medal Game.

Finland v Canda: Exhibition - 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Canada vs. Finland

How to watch

Puck drop: 1:00 PM EST / 10:00 AM PST
In Canada: TSN1, TSN4, TSN5 (English,) RDS (French)
In the United States: NHL Network
Live stream: TSN Direct, RDS Direct

Finland faced a U.S. team full of recent high draft picks in the quarter-finals, and dispatched them without surrendering a single goal. The nation had gone through the preliminary round scoring plenty of goals — ranking third among the 10 teams going into today’s action — but easily slipped into their disciplined defensive game to deal with a team that, on paper, seemed like the more offensive team.

Finland faced Canada in the quarters last season, and it was a similar story: a 2-1 overtime victory for the Finns as they went on to claim the gold medal for a third time in six years, truly establishing themselves as the elite of the elite.

Canada is eager to make up for that difficult loss on home ice a year ago, and this time around they have an extremely talented player to lean on, a player who is surely now the consensus number-one pick for the 2020 NHL Draft, Alexis Lafrenière. He was sorely missed when he was knocked out early with a knee injury, and is perhaps the reason why Canada is even still playing after he was instrumental in a come-from-behind win over the Americans on day one of the tournament. That opening win allowed Canada to finish at the top of the group and avoid a stronger team in the quarters. He can nearly single-handedly pull his country through this game, but the Finnish system is designed to limit chances for players of his calibre.

Even getting through the spiderweb thrown up by the Finns, Lafrenière and company will need to get the puck past Justus Annunen, which hasn’t been easy for any team in the tournament to this point. Canada will have to be patient and not get frustrated if they’re unable to break down those defences.

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 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