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2021 World Junior Hockey Championship Semifinal #1: Canada vs. Russia — Lineups, start time, and TV schedule

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The first game of the final four pits two familiar foes against one another.

Canada v Czech Republic: Quarterfinals - 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images

Semifinal #1: Canada vs. Russia

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

The tournament is down to the final four, with the finalists from the past two tournaments still in contention.

Playing two of the lowest seeds to make the quarter-finals, Canada and Russia nevertheless had tough tests to make it to today’s meeting. We knew Germany had a good group of forwards to lead them, but with a lack of depth made worse by the COVID situation, it was quite surprising to see them keep the opening quarter-final competitive. The Czech Republic also held the high-flying Canadians to their lowest goal total yet.

Canada and Russia meet in a rematch of last year’s final, with only one getting the shot at a gold medal this time around. The two clubs did meet in a pre-tournament game two weeks ago, but not much can be read into that meaningless 1-0 result for the host nation.

It’s going to be two skilled clubs that like to control the pace clashing in all three zones today. It could be a back-and-forth thriller between the long-time rivals.

Team Canada projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#12 Jakob Pelletier #17 Connor McMichael #22 Dylan Cozens
#29 Jack Quinn #15 Alex Newhook #18 Peyton Krebs
#11 Cole Perfetti #19 Quinton Byfield #10 Dylan Holloway
#20 Dawson Mercer #16 Ryan Suzuki #26 Philip Tomasino
#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 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
#28 Maxim Groshev #13 Vasili Ponomaryov #21 Yegor Chinakhov
#11 Zakhar Bardakov

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