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World Cup Schedule: Sept. 18

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

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

FORWARDS

Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Loui Eriksson

Filip Forsberg – Nicklas Backstrom – Patric Hornqvist

Carl Hagelin – Marcus Kruger – Jakob Silfverberg

Gabriel Landeskog – Mikael Backlund – Carl Soderberg

DEFENCE

Mattias Ekholm – Erik Karlsson

Victor Hedman – Anton Stralman

Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Niklas Hjalmarsson

GOALTENDER

Jacob Markstrom

PROJECTED RUSSIA ROSTER

FORWARDS

Alex Ovechkin – Pavel Datsyuk – Nikita Kucherov

Nikolay Kulemin – Evgeni Malkin – Vladimir Tarasenko

Artemi Panarin – Vadim Shipachyov – Evgeny Dadonov

Ivan Telegin – Artem Anisimov – Evgeny Kuznetsov

DEFENCE

Dmitry Orlov – Nikita Zaitsev

Andrei Markov – Alexei Emelin

Dmitry Kulikov – Alexey Marchenko

GOALTENDER

Sergei Bobrovsky

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

FORWARDS

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

DEFENCE

Aaron Ekblad – Morgan Rielly

Ryan Murray – Seth Jones

Shayne Gostisbehere – Colton Parayko

GOALTENDER

Matt Murray

PROJECTED FINLAND ROSTER

FORWARDS

Patrik Laine – Aleksander Barkov – Sebastian Aho

Mikael Granlund – Mikko Koivu – Joonas Donskoi

Jussi Jokinen – Valtteri Filppula – Leo Komarov

Jori Lehtera – Erik Haula – Lauri Korpikoski

DEFENCE

Rasmus Ristolainen – Esa Lindell

Sami Vatanen – Olli Maatta

Sami Lepisto – Ville Pokka

GOALTENDER

Pekka Rinne

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