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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.

Quote of the Day

I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.

— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie