SWEDEN VS. RUSSIA AT 1:00 PM MT - SPORTSNET
Mikael Backlund and Sweden take on Russia in the first of two games on Sunday, Sept. 18. The winner of this afternoon's match-up will have an inside track to be one of the two teams that will advance to the semi-finals from Group B.
Backlund, who skated in two pretournament games, is slated to play today. He was added to the Swedish roster earlier this month after an injured Henrik Zetterberg was deemed unable to play in the tournament.
PROJECTED SWEDEN ROSTER
Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Loui Eriksson
Filip Forsberg – Nicklas Backstrom – Patric Hornqvist
Carl Hagelin – Marcus Kruger – Jakob Silfverberg
Gabriel Landeskog – Mikael Backlund – Carl Soderberg
Mattias Ekholm – Erik Karlsson
Victor Hedman – Anton Stralman
Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Niklas Hjalmarsson
PROJECTED RUSSIA ROSTER
Alex Ovechkin – Pavel Datsyuk – Nikita Kucherov
Nikolay Kulemin – Evgeni Malkin – Vladimir Tarasenko
Artemi Panarin – Vadim Shipachyov – Evgeny Dadonov
Ivan Telegin – Artem Anisimov – Evgeny Kuznetsov
Dmitry Orlov – Nikita Zaitsev
Andrei Markov – Alexei Emelin
Dmitry Kulikov – Alexey Marchenko
TEAM NORTH AMERICA VS. FINLAND AT 6:00 PM MT - SPORTSNET
Johnny Gaudreau and Team North America square off against Finland in the final World Cup game this weekend. A win tonight gives the victorious team a better chance of moving on to the semi-final stage.
Flames defenceman Jyrki Jokipakka is on the Finnish roster but is expected to be a scratch in this evening's contest. He played in three pretournament contests, collecting one assist.
Gaudreau was tied for the lead in World Cup scoring in the pretournament games with three goals and five points in three skates. He was also tied for the lead in shots on goal with 14.
PROJECTED TEAM NORTH AMERICA ROSTER
Auston Matthews – Connor McDavid – Mark Scheifele
Johnny Gaudreau – Jack Eichel – Dylan Larkin
Jonathan Drouin – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Nathan MacKinnon
Vincent Trocheck – Sean Couturier – Brandon Saad
Aaron Ekblad – Morgan Rielly
Ryan Murray – Seth Jones
Shayne Gostisbehere – Colton Parayko
PROJECTED FINLAND ROSTER
Patrik Laine – Aleksander Barkov – Sebastian Aho
Mikael Granlund – Mikko Koivu – Joonas Donskoi
Jussi Jokinen – Valtteri Filppula – Leo Komarov
Jori Lehtera – Erik Haula – Lauri Korpikoski
Rasmus Ristolainen – Esa Lindell
Sami Vatanen – Olli Maatta
Sami Lepisto – Ville Pokka