OTTAWA - A quick look at Monday's final of the world junior hockey championship between Canada and Sweden:
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Dustin Tokarski - Canada wins this tournament because its goaltenders make the saves they should and even ones they shouldn't. Don't put teammates in a position where they have to score six goals to win.
John Tavares - Canada's best scorer and playmaker must be that in the gold-medal game.
Evander Kane/Patrice Cormier/Stefan Della Rovere - Canada's checking line has to find a way to shut down Sweden's big guns without ending up in the penalty box.
Victor Hedman - Defenceman is considered Tavares's rival to go first overall in the NHL draft in June. The final is a chance to compare and contrast his NHL potential with the Canadian's.
Mikael Backlund - First-round draft pick of the Calgary Flames scores momentum-swinging goals for his country in clutch situations and in spectacular style.
Magnus Svensson Paajarvi - Dynamic and talented 17-year-old forward beats defencemen to go one-on-one with goaltenders.
KEYS TO THE GAME
Canada: Swedes are methodical breaking out of their own zone. Forecheck and pressure to hurry them and force turnovers. Revive power play that was dominant before semifinal.
Sweden: Canada's defence has been porous under pressure. Use speed and passing skills to pick it apart.