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2021 World Junior Hockey Championship: Germany vs. Canada — Lineups, start time, and TV schedule

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Canada begins its gold medal defence versus a weary Team Germany.

2020 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship, final: Canada 4 - 3 Russia Photo by Peter Kovalev\TASS via Getty Images

Germany vs. Canada

How to watch

Puck drop: 6:00 PM EST / 3:00 PM PST
In Canada: TSN (English,) RDS (French)
In the United States: NHL Network
Live stream: TSN Direct, RDS Direct

Germany has had the worst possible start to their World Junior Championship, dealing with eight positive coronavirus cases among the player pool. The virus hit the defence corps the hardest, and the team was forced to play their opening game on Friday with just five blue-liners. All things considered, you’d have to say it went much better than expected, as they stayed competitive in a 5-3 loss to Finland with a 14-skater lineup.

To pull it off, most players had to play well above a typical performance. Defenceman Simon Gnyp led the way with almost 29 minutes of ice time, Tim Stützle punched out having played 26:01, and goaltender Arno Tiefensee was peppered with 50 shots.

It wasn’t the kind of start Germany was hoping for, tiring themselves out in the opening contest with the most critical matches coming at the end of the tournament. That will also make their test today against Canada, with about a 24-hour turnaround, that much more difficult.

Canada’s issues pale in comparison to Germany’s, but they were dealt their own bit of adversity when Kirby Dach broke his wrist on an awkward check of a Russian player late in the team’s only exhibition game. The captain will miss the tournament, and Canada loses one of the event’s top players.

Fortunately, Canada has the talent to compensate, bringing a robust roster of star players this winter. The team can manage without even the best skater at its disposal, and it still projects as the tournament favourite. It could be an ugly match for the depleted German side today if Canada is determined to start off with a bang.

Team Germany projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#7 Florian Elias #8 Tim Stützle #24 John-Jason Peterka
#14 Julian Chrobot #19 Samuel Dubé #28 Manuel Alberg
#15 Justin Volek #18 Jan-Luca Schumacher #26 Enrico Henriquez Morales

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#22 Maximilian Glotzl #3 Simon Gnyp
#25 Mario Zimmermann #27 Luca Munzenberger
#17 Steven Raabe

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
#30 Jonas Gahr #1 Arno Tiefensee

Team Canada projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#11 Cole Perfetti #17 Connor McMichael #18 Peyton Krebs
#10 Dylan Holloway #15 Alex Newhook #22 Dylan Cozens
#29 Jack Quinn #19 Quinton Byfield #12 Jakob Pelletier
#9 Connor Zary #16 Ryan Suzuki #26 Philip Tomasino
#20 Dawson Mercer

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#4 Bowen Byram #6 Jamie Drysdale
#5 Thomas Harley #2 Braden Schneider
#21 Kaiden Guhle #27 Justin Barron
#3 Kaedan Korczak

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
#1 Devon Levi #31 Dylan Garand