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

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Russia looks to end the preliminary round on top of Group B.

2020 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship, Semifinals: Sweden vs Russia Photo by Peter Kovalev\TASS via Getty Images

Russia vs. Sweden

How to watch

Puck drop: 9:30 PM EST / 6:30 PM PST
In Canada: TSN (English,) RDS (French)
In the United States: NHL Network
Live stream: TSN Direct, RDS Direct

Russia started off the tournament with a victory over the United States, knocking off a key opponent in their quest to win Group B. Tonight they face the second of them, and can secure top spot and the best quarterfinal that comes with it if the get past Sweden in regulation.

Russia’s top line came alive on Tuesday night versus Austria, with Vasili Podkolzin breaking out with a three-point night. Sweden has been getting its scoring by committee with Noel Gunler and Theodor Niederbach leading the way. Through two games, they have outscored opponents 11-1, but they do see their toughest matchups on back-to-back days to end the tournament.

It won’t be easy to sweep both contests, but that’s the task in front of them if they’re going to keep an unbeaten streak that goes back 15 years alive. It would be an impressive feat for a team forced to make major changes after a COVID outbreak before leaving for the tournament, and we’ll see tonight how prepared they are for that challenge.

Team Russia projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#27 Rodion Amirov #22 Marat Khusnutdinov #19 Vasili Podkolzin
#23 Yegor Afanasyev #9 Mikhail Abramov #8 Arseni Gritsyuk
#25 Danil Bashkirov #24 Ilya Safonov #18 Yegor Spiridinov
#11 Zakhar Bardakov #13 Vasili Ponomaryov #28 Maxim Groshev
#10 Vladislav Firstov

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#17 Shakir Mukhamadullin #6 Semyon Chistyakov
#7 Roman Bychkov #2 Yan Kuznetsov
#20 Kirill Kirsanov #3 Artemi Knyazev
#5 Daniil Chayka

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
#1 Yaroslav Askarov #29 Artur Akhtyamov

Team Sweden projected roster

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#18 Lucas Raymond #29 Albin Sundsvik #10 Alexandrer Holtz
#28 Noel Gunler #23 Jonathan Wilkström #15 Simon Holmström
#25 Elmer Söderblom #16 Theodor Niederbach #13 Emil Heineman
#21 Oscar Bjerselius #14 Arvid Costmar #27 Zion Nybeck
#17 Oskar Kvist

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#5 Philip Broberg #3 Tobias Björnfot
#9 Albert Johansson #8 Victor Söderström
#26 Alex Brännstam #4 Emil Andrae
#6 Ludvig Hedström

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
#1 Jesper Wallstedt #30 Hugo Alnefelt