What TV channel is Canada vs. Russia on today? Schedule, time for 2021 World Juniors semifinals
The 2021 World Junior Championship is retreading 2020.
In the first semifinal of the night, it's a rematch of last year's gold-medal game that saw the Canadians score three unanswered goals to come back and beat the Russians. On Monday, the stakes are high once again as the winner plays for gold and the loser can either win bronze or nothing at all.
Canada has six players from that squad including Dylan Cozens who has a 2021 tournament-best seven goals and defenseman Jamie Drysdale who was asked at Sunday's team availability if he thinks there will be any emotional carryover from last year.
100 percent I think there will be carryover," he said matter of factly. "We played each other in the finals last year so, obviously, we want to maintain where we're at and we obviously want to come out on top. But in saying that, obviously feel like they're gonna have something to prove because we came out on top last year. I think it'll be a really good game on both ends and I think everyone's looking forward to playing in that game. It should be a really exciting, hard-fought game.
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These two teams did meet up in a pre-tournament tune-up that saw Canada win but was overshadowed by captain Kirby Dach's wrist injury causing him to miss the tournament. It should be noted that in that game, the Canadians lone goal (it was a 1-0 finish) was not against Yaroslav Askarov who they're expected to face on Monday night.
Here's how to watch Canada and Russia go toe-to-toe with a spot in the gold-medal game on the line.
How to watch Canada vs. Russia
TV channel (Canada): TSN
Live stream (Canada): TSN Live
TV channel (USA): NHL Network
The 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship hits the medal round Saturday with the quarterfinals. The top eight teams will be going head-to-head in four single-elimination games.
Canada nabbed the top spot in Group A and the tournament while the United States won Group B. The Americans have won now their group six times since group play was established in 1996. Dare we say, this puts the two North American squads on a collision course.
Before we get ahead of ourselves, these powerhouses need to get through the quarterfinals and then the semis. In the quarters, they'll face the third-best team in the opposite bracket, which means the United States will take on Slovakia and the Canadians will meet the Czech Republic.
Canada steamrolled the competition in going a perfect 4-0 in the preliminary round, but now begins the true tournament. Its quarterfinal matchup is an interesting one as the Czechs finished fourth in their grouping but also upset the Russians with a stunning 2-0 shutout. As head coach Andre Tourigny noted Friday, they're not an opponent to take lightly.
People don't give enough credit to the Czechs," he said. "[They] we're in the pool with the U.S., Sweden and the Russians, they have only two players on their full roster who are not in the plus. Everybody else is even or plus. That's playing against the elite opponent night after night, so that shows how good they were at 5-on-5. . . . It's important to first not give them the chance to get them on their power play and then the second is to make sure we know how good they are at 5-on-5. They're a really good 5-on-5 team. An elite country. So we need to make sure we are humble and we go into that game knowing full well it will be a tough match."
X-factor: Devon Levi
The Canada goalie has started every game (he was pulled against Germany to get Dylan Garand some time) and allowed just three goals — all on the power play. While he has only faced 61 shots, he has made some key stops and been a calm and steady presence in net.
Nope, it stays exactly the same," he said when asked whether his mindset has changed now that it's the medal round. "I'm just playing to give my team the best chance at winning. That's what I've been doing so far and that's what I'm going to continue doing [Saturday]."
The big number: 5
Despite having 15 power-play opportunities, Canada has only punched in five goals. The goals came against the weaker opponents in its group — two against Germany and three against Austria.
The Americans lost their tournament opener, put it behind them and then went out and won Group B with three straight wins. They'll now see the Slovaks, who lost all but one game — and that was a squeaker against Switzerland.
X-factor: Trevor Zegras
The Ducks prospect — speculation is running rampant that he'll join the club after his World Juniors stint — has been on a tear. He has potted 13 points (six goals, seven assists), including three points against Sweden on Thursday night.
Obviously, I think I'm shooting the puck more," Zegras said when asked to discuss what is different from last year, when he had no goals and nine assists in the tournament. "I think I have a little more confidence in those areas. I'm playing with two great players in Arthur Kaliyev and Alex Turcotte; they're putting me in some really good spots and I'm getting pretty lucky and putting them away.
The United States has not allowed a goal against since the lid-lifter against the Russians on Christmas. Dustin Wolf (one) and Spencer Knight (two) have combined for three straight shutouts. Knight's back-to-back goose eggs are the first for an American netminder at the WJC. Head coach Nate Leaman said he'll decide Saturday morning which one will get the start.