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World Cup Schedule: Sept. 24

Canada takes on Russia in Saturday's semi-final

by Torie Peterson @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

CANADA VS. RUSSIA AT 5:00 PM MT - CBC

Another chapter in the historic rivalry between Canada and Russia will be written tonight when the two nations face off in the first semi-final match-up at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Canada has been positively dominant at the tournament, winning all three of their round robin games and outscoring their opponents 14-3 in the process. 

Jonathan Toews leads the tournament in scoring with three goals and four points. His teammates Matt Duchene and Sidney Crosby trail him with two goals and four points.

Carey Price leads all World Cup goaltenders with a 2-0 record, 1.00 GAA and a .968 save percentage. He is expected to start against the Russians.

Russia went 2-1-0 in the round robin portion of the tournament, defeating Team North America and Finland and falling 2-1 to Sweden.

Alex Ovechkin leads Russia in scoring with one goal and three points in three games. Vladimir Tarasenko, Evgeni Malkin, Ivan Telegin, and Pavel Datsyuk trail him with two points each.

Sergei Bobrovsky played in Russia's first three games of the tournament, turning in a 1.68 GAA and a .948 save percentage.

The winner of Saturday's semi-final will take on the winner of Sunday's semi-final between Sweden and Team Europe (11:00 AM MT, CBC, ESPN, TVA Sports). Sweden went 2-0-1 in their opening three games at the World Cup while Team Europe holds a 2-1-0 record.

Sweden could be without Calgary Flames forward Mikael Backlund on Sunday as the pivot sustained a concussion in Tuesday's 2-0 win over Finland. He was hit by Sami Lepisto and was held out of Sweden's final round robin game against Team North America on Wednesday.

"Reports back are he's doing well," Flames general manager Brad Treliving said on Thursday morning. "Like these injuries, he's under the protocol right now. It's sort of a day-to-day situation. We'll monitor. Mikael will be staying (in Toronto) the next couple of days with our group. We'll come up with a plan after that.

"He was doing well. He was feeling good. His symptom scores were low.

"He's hopeful he'll be cleared in a couple of days and get back on the ice with Sweden. But we're going to be real cautious with it."

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