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 pretournament 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 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