FINLAND VS. SWEDEN AT 1:00 PM MT - SPORTSNET
Two rivals go head-to-head this afternoon at the World Cup of Hockey, with Finland vs. Sweden at 1:00 PM MT.
Calgary Flames defenceman Jyrki Jokipakka, who played in three pre-tournament games, could be a scratch on the Finnish blueline but head coach Lauri Marjamaki hinted he could make changes to his lineup. Watch for Jokipakka to be a game-time decision.
Flames pivot Mikael Backlund is expected to be in the lineup for Sweden.
This afternoon's contest is extremely important for Finland, who are chasing Sweden and Team North America in the standings. If they are unable to gain at least one point from today's game, Finland will likely be headed for elimination from the preliminary round.
Sweden opened the tournament with a win over Russia this past weekend, giving them two points.
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
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
CANADA VS. USA AT 6:00 PM MT - SPORTSNET
Team Canada: A spot in the semifinals would be guaranteed with a win, as would Team USA's elimination from the World Cup of Hockey 2016. But Team Canada's focus is squarely on the first of those goals, ensuring a place in the next round.
Team USA: It's a must-win game in order to stay in contention for a chance to advance into the semifinals. A loss of any kind would eliminate Team USA and send Team Canada and Team Europe into the semifinals before any team in Group A plays its third game.
Here are the projected lineups:
PROJECTED TEAM CANADA ROSTER
Brad Marchand - Sidney Crosby - Patrice Bergeron
John Tavares - Ryan Getzlaf - Steven Stamkos
Logan Couture - Jonathan Toews - Corey Perry
Joe Thornton - Ryan O'Reilly - Matt Duchene
Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Shea Weber
Jay Bouwmeester - Drew Doughty
Alex Pietrangelo - Brent Burns
Scratched: Claude Giroux, Jake Muzzin, Braden Holtby
TEAM USA PROJECTED ROSTER
James van Riemsdyk - Joe Pavelski - T.J. Oshie
Justin Abdelkader - Derek Stepan - Patrick Kane
Zach Parise - Ryan Kesler - Blake Wheeler
Max Pacioretty - David Backes - Kyle Palmieri
Ryan McDonagh - John Carlson
Ryan Suter - Matt Niskanen
Erik Johnson - Dustin Byfuglien
Scratched: Brandon Dubinsky, Jack Johnson, Cory Schneider