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World Cup of Hockey: Team Europe vs. Team Canada preview, game thread, lines and how to watch

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Will Team Europe’s unbeaten streak come to an end? (The answer: probably.)

World Cup Of Hockey 2016 - Team Europe Practice
Hey Chara, Trouba still isn’t signed. How’s about you take his place in Winnipeg?

Tonight’s tilt features the final round-robin action for both Team Canada and Team Europe. And while one’s journey was completely expected, the other has made for quite the Cinderella story.

Team Canada ended Team USA’s tournament hopes last night with a convincing 4-2 win. After American defenceman Ryan McDonagh opened the scoring, Canada responded with three goals in the first period. With two goals from Matt Duchene, plus one a piece from Corey Perry and Patrice Bergeron, the host’s balanced scoring effort continues unabated.

Carey Price again looked sharp, but will rest tonight in favour of Corey Crawford. In addition, Claude Giroux and Jake Muzzin may skate as well, though where and bumping who remains unknown.

Update:

Following their surprising 3-0 win over Team USA, Team Europe came up with a less-surprising but still important 3-2 victory against the Czech Republic. As a result, tonight’s match will determine Group A’s top seed, though Europe obviously faces Canada as the significant underdog.

Key to their effort has been goaltending. Jaroslav Halak has looked superb, shutting out Team USA and posting a .933 Sv% against the Czechs. He’s almost certainly going to face a barrage of shots tonight; for Europe to have a chance, they’ll need a super-human effort once more.

When/Where:

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 7:00 p.m. CT, Air Canada Centre
TV Broadcast: ESPN2, SN, TVA Sports
Live Stream: WatchESPN, NHL Live

Team Europe Projected Lineup
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Tomas Tatar
Anze Kopitar Marian Hossa
Marian Gaborik Frans Nielsen Mats Zuccarello
Nino Niederreiter Leon Draisaitl Tobias Rieder
Thomas Vanek Pierre-Edouard Bellemare Jannik Hansen
Left Defence
Right Defence
Zdeno Chara Andrej Sekera
Roman Josi Dennis Seidenberg
Christian Ehrhoff Mark Streit
Goaltenders
Jaroslav Halak
Tomas Greiss

Team Canada Projected Lineup
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Brad Marchand
Sidney Crosby Patrice Bergeron
John Tavares Claude Giroux Steven Stamkos
Logan Couture Jonathan Toews Corey Perry
Joe Thornton Ryan O'Reilly Matt Duchene
Left Defence
Right Defence
Marc-Edouard Vlasic Brent Burns
Jake Muzzin Drew Doughty
Jay Bouwmeester Alex Pietrangelo
Goaltenders
Corey Crawford
Braden Holtby

Tweets of the Day:

Which team are you cheering for this evening? (Okay, it’s Team Canada, I get it.) Will Canada’s almost guaranteed edge in shots and possession translate into goals on the scoreboard? And what would UFA defencemen Christian Ehrhoff and Dennis Seidenberg need to show you to deserve a camp PTO (or even contract)? Turn the comments section below into your stream of consciousness, and as always, thanks for reading!