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

Friday, 01.04.2013 / 11:04 AM / 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 downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.

— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh