CGD: For all the golden marbles (Canada/USA)

Welp, this is it. Rebounding quite nicely off of a disappointing 2016 tournament, and doing well to pull themselves out of a tough spot against the Swedes last night, the Canadians will take on the United States of America in an epic grudge match at the Bell Centre, to decide the Gold Medal Winner at the 2017 World Juniors. Here’s what’s going down tonight.

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Team Canada

Team Canada’s projected lines (based on Wednesday)

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#17 Tyson Jost #19 Dylan Strome #21 Blake Speers
#11 Mathieu Joseph #14 Mathew Barzal #16 Taylor Raddysh
#18 Pierre-Luc Dubois #25 Nicolas Roy #12 Julien Gauthier
#9 Dillon Dubé #22 Anthony Cirelli #27 Mitchell Stephens
#20 Michael McLeod
Left Defence Right Defence
#5 Thomas Chabot #10 Kale Clague
#2 Jake Bean #3 Noah Juulsen
#15 Jeremy Lauzon #8 Dante Fabbro

Canada has done some minor tinkering throughout the tournament, but at this point, they’re unlikely to mess too much with the roster. Their skaters did quite well against the Swedes last night; particularly Julien Gauthier, who picked up a pair of goals.

Team USA

Team USA’s projected lines (based on Wednesday)

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Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#19 Clayton Kelller #18 Colin White #13 Joey Anderson
#12 Jordan Greenway #9 Luke Kunin #17 Jeremy Bracco
#23 Kieffer Bellows #28 Jack Roslovic #29 Tage Thompson
#14 Erik Foley #10 Tanner Laczynski #20 Troy Terry
#11 Patrick Harper
Left Defence Right Defence
#4 Caleb Jones #25 Charlie McAvoy
#2 Ryan Lindgren #6 Casey Fitzgerald
#3 Jack Ahcan #33 Joe Cecconi

The United States haven’t really changed their lineup since the start of the tournament, and with the success they’ve had, it’s unlikely to see them make much of an adjustment headed into tonight. Troy Terry is the name that everybody will be talking about today, after his multi-goal effort in the shootout against the Russians.

Starting Goaltenders

After Connor Ingram’s less than stellar performance at the start of the semi-final game, look to the Canadians to start Philadelphia Flyers prospect Carter Hart. The Everett Silvertips starter and Flyers draft pick has put up a 0.929 through three games in this tournament and was the calming presence that got last night’s game back on track.

Meanwhile, expect London Knights starter and Calgary Flames prospect Tyler Parsons to get the nod for the Americans tonight. That could change, of course; Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick Joseph Woll has better numbers in this tournament and played the first game against Canada, but the general rule of thumb is that you once you pick a goalie in the knockout rounds, you stick with him until he gives you an excuse not to.

What To Look Out For

The New Years Eve game was one that was heavily influenced by special teams. The United States were given power plays in very crucial turning point moments of the game, and their penalty kill was extremely effective. Canada might be able to find a way to break through the latter, but staying out of the box is going to be a major key in this game.

One thing is for sure; the Canadians will be hungry. That was a shocking loss for that group; even if the USA might arguably have the better roster, losing to them is always a blow to the nation’s pride. Never has Canada conceded defeat to the Americans twice in the same World Junior Championship, and they’ll do their best to ensure it doesn’t happen tonight. 

Coverage for tonight’s game will begin at 7:30 EST (6:30 Manitoba, 5:30 Alberta, 4:30 British Columbia) on TSN.

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  • Jordan Greenway is a load. HC needs to have good support for their D who have not struck me as terribly strong “on” the puck.
    Strong “with” the puck but not exactly battlers.

    Hoping it’s a classic that does not end in shootout as that is a completely garbage way to decide a championship.

    Cough *TCF* Cough

  • Lucky 13

    If Hart plays as well as he did against the Swedes, I like Canada’s chances.

    Sweden,on paper had the best team overall, but it proves nothing when it comes to determination, heart and grit.
    That’s what our Canadian boys are bred with!

    This is going to be a great game for our fans and players alike.
    Win on Canadian soil could never be so good


  • JuiceBox

    The Americans are relentless and they cannot get a sniff of blood. Canada has to get off to a good start and set the tone early. Come at them hard on the puck and on the forecheck and don’t give them any free ice. The first 10 minutes of this game is critical.

    If this team can play the way they did in the 3rd period against Sweden I would say they have a pretty good chance of winning this game.

  • Keg on Legs

    Canada needs the same effort as they put out against the Swedes. the first USA game they couldn’t make 2 passes in a row(reminded me of the Oil some nights)

  • Brodano12

    Kylington lost to Karnaukhov and the Russians in a tight OT bronze medal game. He was named team MVP.

    THerefore, I predict Canada wins, but Parsons gets team MVP. You heard it here first folks.

  • MontanaMan

    Been a great game, due in part to the number of mistakes and giveaways by both teams. Dube has looked very good as has Chabot, Hart and many of the other Canadians. Strome has been terrible in both ends of the ice. US has had the majority of the play but Canada has been opportunistic.

    • flamesburn89

      Yup, Strome was invisible most of this tournament except the early games on the PP. He and Raddysh were the two biggest disappointments for me on Team Canada.

      • Flames Fan in Edmonchuck

        I was pretty unimpressed with Dubois as well. His skating looked pretty mediocre and his finish was bad. 3rd overall might have been a stretch.

  • beloch

    Helluva game. It was such great hockey that it it’s downright sacrilege to end it in a shoot-out. Ottawa fans should be pretty stoked with Chabot. It’s never fun to see Canada lose these games, but the silver-lining is a 3-point game from Adam Fox and a strong performance from Tyler Parsons. Canada may have lost, but things look bright for two future Flames.

  • The GREAT WW

    Parsons won that game for the US. Actually the officiating was pretty bad favouring Canada.

    Surprising no Fox in OT again, after getting 3 apples in the game….


    • Arminius

      Well Gillies was backing up Gibson but yeah. Parsons was unbelievable. Locked. Best performance by a Flames goaltender at a world juniors tht I can remember