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

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Ahead of the final game of the preliminary round, three teams still have a shot at the Group B crown.

United States v Czech Republic: Preliminary Round Group B - 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images

Sweden vs. United States

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

After 14 years, Sweden’s winning streak in the group stage of the World Juniors came to an end last night. That’s bad news for having an automatic storyline for each game they play, but possibly a good thing for the players on this makeshift Sweden team that came together after COVID-19 wrought havoc on their team. The pressure to keep that streak alive is gone, and the players can just focus on the task at hand.

Tonight that task is winning the game to take first spot in Group B. A win of any kind will give them the most points and get them the best matchup in the quarterfinals despite the overtime loss to Russia on Wednesday.

For Team USA, the win would have to come in regulation to get the top seed. Having already lost to Russia, they don’t hold the tiebreaker if both they and Russia finish with eight points. An extra-time win does earn them second in the group, and puts all of Russia, USA, and Sweden on eight points, which is the hope of everyone who just wants to see some chaos.

Team Sweden projected lineup

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
#30 Hugo Alnefelt #1 Jesper Wallstedt

Team USA projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#9 Trevor Zegras #15 Alex Turcotte #28 Arthur Kaliyev
#12 Matthew Boldy #10 Matthew Beniers #13 Cole Caufield
#21 Brett Berard #25 John Farinacci #24 Bobby Brink
#18 Brendan Brisson #26 Landon Slaggert #19 Patrick Moynihan
#22 Sam Colangelo

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#8 Jake Sanderson #2 Drew Helleson
#4 Cam York #11 Brock Faber
#23 Ryan Johnson #3 Henry Thrun
#5 Jackson LaCombe

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
#30 Spencer Knight #32 Dustin Wolf