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

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The task is simple for both teams today: win and take first spot in the group.

Slovakia v Canada: Preliminary Round Group A - 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images

Canada vs. Finland

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

Unlike in Group B where three teams can finish tied in points at the top, there will be one clear-cut winner of Group A, and that title will be decided on the ice between Canada and Finland.

Both teams have gone undefeated in what has been the weaker of the two five-team sections, each now facing its toughest test on the final day of the preliminary round. Canada has blasted its way past the opposition with 29 goals, while Finland has been more measured with just 15. Offensive disparity aside, each club has brought a solid core of defencemen to the tournament, and tonight will be the first time they really need to be on top of their game.

While most of the matches have featured plenty of blasts from the goal horn, it could be rather quiet tonight as the two sides play what is expected to be the most tightly contested game of all.

Team Canada projected lineup

Forwards

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

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

Team Finland projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#22 Roni Hirvonen #15 Anton Lundell #29 Kasper Simontaival
#21 Mikael Pyyhtiä #27 Juuso Pärssinen #33 Brad Lambert
#13 Roby Järventie #28 Henri Nikkanen #34 Aku Räty
#36 Benjamin Korhonen #20 Samuel Helenius #23 Mikko Petman
#19 Petteri Puhakka

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#2 Santeri Hatakka #4 Ville Heinola
#35 Mikko Kokkonen #10 Kasper Puutio
#6 Eemil Viro #7 Topi Niemelä
#12 Matias Rajaniemi

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
#1 Kari Piiroinen #30 Joel Blomqvist