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World Cup of Hockey: Team North America vs. Team Sweden preview, game thread, lines and how to watch

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The Swedes look to keep on rolling against a humbled Team North America.

Hockey: World Cup of Hockey-Team North America vs Team Russia
It took an injury to Aaron Ekblad, but Jacob Trouba has now joined the fray.
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In today’s matinee, a humbled Team North America (TNA) takes on a seemingly unstoppable Team Sweden.

While TNA and Team Russia both sit with a 1-1 record, Team Russia currently holds the tiebreaker thanks to their 4-3 win over the young guns squad. The loss was a lesson in not taking one’s foot off the pedal, as Russia exploded with four goals in the second period. If the kids win today, the pressure moves to Russia and their match tomorrow against Finland.

With Aaron Ekblad having left the team for evaluations, Jacob Trouba will stay in the lineup. It’s unknown if goaltender Matt Murray will play after suffering a minor thumb injury, but John Gibson is hardly an undesirable Plan B in net. Todd McLellan’s squad has also reportedly tweaked the forward lines, as you’ll see in the projected lineup below.

In the other corner, Sweden has the opportunity to go 3-0 in the round-robin, having downed Team Finland just yesterday. Returning from illness, Henrik Lundqvist was brilliant in the 2-0 shutout, with a total of 36 saves. King Henrik has said he’s ready to go today, but it remains to be seen if he’ll actually play the back-to-back.

The Swedes don’t possess the same dynamic forward corps as the Russian team which downed TNA. What they do have is balance across the lines, perhaps the best blueline in the tournament and seemingly unflappable goaltending. Easy peasy for the Under 23 squad.

When/Where:

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2:00 p.m. CT, Air Canada Centre
TV Broadcast: ESPN, SN, TVA Sports
Live Stream: WatchESPN, NHL Live

Team Sweden Projected Lineup
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Daniel Sedin
Henrik Sedin Loui Eriksson
Filip Forsberg Nicklas Backstrom Patric Hornqvist
Carl Hagelin Marcus Kruger Jakob Silfverberg
Gabriel Landeskog Mikael Backlund Carl Soderberg
Left Defence
Right Defence
Anton Stralman Victor Hedman
Mattias Ekholm Erik Karlsson
Niklas Hjalmarsson Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Goaltenders
Henrik Lundqvist
Jacob Markstrom
Team North America Projected Lineup
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Auston Matthews
Connor McDavid Mark Scheifele
Johnny Gaudreau Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Nathan MacKinnon
Dylan Larkin Sean Couturier Vincent Trocheck
Brandon Saad Jack Eichel J.T. Miller
Left Defence
Right Defence
Morgan Rielly Colton Parayko
Ryan Murray Seth Jones
Shayne Gostisbehere Jacob Trouba
Goaltenders
Matt Murray
John Gibson

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Who are you cheering for this afternoon? Do you think Team North America will bounce back from their Monday performance? Has Jacob Trouba looked like a $5+ million dollar defenceman? And what will it take to solve Sweden’s goaltending? Turn the comments section below into your stream of consciousness, and as always, thanks for reading!