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Who and what to watch in bronze-medal game between Canada and Russia

Thursday, 01.03.2013 / 12:34 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Who and what to watch in bronze-medal game between Canada and Russia

UFA, Russia - A quick look at Saturday's bronze-medal game between Canada and Russia at the world junior men's hockey championship:

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Canada

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins — Held off the scoresheet in semifinal loss, Canada's captain needs to create scoring chances on top forward line.

Jonathan Drouin — A chance for 17-year-old forward to further raise his stock for the NHL draft.

Boone Jenner — A three-game suspension to start the tournament makes him the Canadian with the freshest legs.

Russia

Nikita Kucherov — Forward for the QMJHL's Rouyn-Noranda Huskies leads Russians in scoring.

Nail Yakupov — Has been guilty of trying to do too much on his own. Time to start distributing the puck.

Andrei Makarov — In his second season with Saskatoon Blades, knows North American shooters well.

KEYS TO THE GAME

Russia — Russia has relied too much on individual talent this tournament. Desire to win a medal on their home turf should bring them together.

Canada — Russia may feel emotionally drained after seeing their chance for gold die in a 3-2 shootout loss to Swedes. If so, Canada needs to exploit that and play with a desperation lacking in their semifinal loss to the U.S.

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You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.

— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense