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Who and what to watch in Canada-U.S. world junior hockey semifinal @NHLdotcom

UFA, Russia - A quick look at Canada's semifinal game against the United States on Thursday at the world junior men's hockey championship:



Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ? Canada's captain is the best playmaker in the tournament.

Malcolm Subban ? Looked shaky early on, but the Belleville Bulls goaltender stepped up his game for the medal round.

Ryan Strome ? If the U.S. contains the Nugent-Hopkins line, the second-line centre will need to score.

United States

Jacob Trouba ? Winnipeg Jets prospect generates a lot of offence from the U.S. back end.

John Gibson ? Canada may have a book on the U.S. goalie because he plays for coach Steve Spott, but he gave up only two goals on 37 shots in their round-robin game.

Seth Jones ? Top NHL draft prospect difficult to beat with his range and long reach.


United States ? Get another game out of Gibson like they did in their 2-1 loss to Canada in pool play. Use speed through the neutral zone to pressure Canada's defence.

Canada ??? Get game legs back immediately. Canada will have all 13 forwards for this game which should make for more even-strength scoring chances.

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