CGD: Canada Faces Biggest Test Yet in Game Against Sweden

Here’s all that you need to know ahead of Canada’s semi-final tilt against Sweden tonight. 

How to watch?

Puck drop is slated for 7:30 ET/ 4:30 PT. You can watch the game on all TSN platforms. 

Canada

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#17 Tyson Jost #19 Dylan Strome #21 Blake Speers
#11 Mathieu Joseph #14 Mathew Barzal #16 Taylor Raddysh
#18 Pierre-Luc Dubois #25 Nicolas Roy #12 Julien Gauthier
#9 Dillon Dubé #22 Anthony Cirelli #27 Mitchell Stephens
#20 Michael McLeod

Left Defence Right Defence
#5 Thomas Chabot #10 Kale Clague
#2 Jake Bean #3 Noah Juulsen
#15 Jeremy Lauzon #8 Dante Fabbro
Goaltenders
#1 Connor Ingram
#31 Carter Hart

Ingram remains Canada’s man: If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. Well, Canada’s goaltending as a whole may be slightly broken, but not enough to fix. Ingram, the goaltender that lead Canada past the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals, gets the nod again for tonight’s contest. Ingram has suited up for three games and has put up a .866 save%, ranking among the tournament’s worst.

Time for the Big Players to have big games: Tonight marks Canada’s biggest test yet. With that in mind, Canada needs to come out guns blazing and be firing on all cylinders. The last time Canada was tested in this tournament was against the Americans on New Year’s Eve. Canada lost that match up and the reason could be traced to the Red and White not being tested enough early on in the tournament. 

That phase is over and Canada can’t undermine the attack that Sweden is going to bring. With Philipe Myers still on the shelf, Canada will need to pick up the slack as a unit, and not deflect the minutes and responsibilities to one player. Canada’s defensive game will need to be at it’s best, especially against the tournament’s leading scorer, Alex Nylander. Expect the tone to be set by Dylan Strome, Canada’s captain and best player in the tournament so far. Look for Strome to rise to the challenge and continue leading Canada in superb fashion. 

What does Coach have to say? 

What Coach Ducharme is referring to is the fact that while Sweden has put up an impressive 40-0 record in the preliminary round over the last 10 years, they only have one gold medal to show for it.

Sweden

Left Wing Centre Right Wing

#14 Elias Pettersson
#15 Lias Andersson #16 Carl Grundström
#18 Rasmus Asplund #24 Jens Lööke #27 Jonathan Dahlen
#17 Fredrik Karlström  #20 Joel Eriksson-Ek #19 Alexander Nylander
#25 Sebastian Ohlsson #28 Andreas Wingerli  #11 Filip Ahl
#29 Tim Söderlund

Left Defence Right Defence
#7 Oliver Kyllington #9 Gabriel Carlsson
#4 Jacob Larsson #6 Kristoffer Gunnarsson
#5 David Bernhardt #23 Lucas Carlsson
#8 Rasmus Dahlin 

#1 Felix Sandström
#30 Filip Gustavsson

The all-around attack: Sweden is going to be a tough opponent for Canada, there’s no denying that. They’ve outscored their opponents 26-9 so far in the tournament with the help of Alex Nylander, whose 11 points leads the entire tournament. On the back end, Oliver Klyington has been a valuable component to Sweden’s blue line, alongside talented prospects, Jacob Larsson (Anaheim Ducks), Gabriel Carlsson (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Rasmus Dahlin (a 16-year-old top prospect for the 2018 draft). 

Between the pipes Sweden has been led by Felix Sandstrom, whose .916 save% and 1.75 GAA has helped Sweden reach the semi-finals. 

Canada will be in for quite the game against the all-around talented Sweden squad.

  • Mike Modano's Dog

    Caleb Jones has been playing first line minutes for them. He usually starts the game and runs the power play as well.

    He plays well positionally, great defensively, shows good speed and has been physical at times. In the games I have seen he has probably been their best defenceman. Even though he doesn’t lead them in points, I believe he does lead their defence in minutes. I could be wrong there, but to my eye he seems to be the guy for them that they throw over the boards in all situations. He doesn’t lack in confidence and it shows with his play on the ice and the trust the coaches have in him.

    I would say overall he has been their most complete defenceman up to this point in the tournament. While not spectacular from an offensive standpoint, I would say he has been very efficient and has earned his ice-time.

  • Finnish Oiler fan in Edmonton89

    Can someone who’s been watching Team USA tell me how big of a role Caleb Jones is playing on the team?

    I think he has like 1 or 2 assists so far, is he getting lots of ice time, is he playing a sound defensive game?

    is he there 5/6 dman?

  • Really liked Kylington’s game tonight. When the Canadians began to dominate at the mid-point, he was one of the only Swedish skaters able to get good zone exits and made some smart passes down low in front of Hart. Set up a few great scoring chances for the Swedes and had a couple of great shots on goal. My favorite play of his was when he bailed out the injured Swedish forward and kept Dubois to the outside down the left wing. PDB probably would have scored there. Stockton will be relieved to have him back.

  • Lucky 13

    Really looking forward to this tilt.
    Dube , Cirelli and Stephens are a great shut down line and I like the cycling game they play.

    Ingram is going to need to play much better, if we have any chance of beating Sweden.
    Small cheer for Kylington!

    Go ??

  • Grayone

    Very much looking forward to seeing Dube and Kylington play this game.

    Kylington has quite an opportunity here to cement an upward trajectory for his career!

    PLUS … the subtext of go-Flames-go tonight as well.

  • Randaman

    If the game is in Montreal, it looks like nobody will be there if you believe all the press about previous games.

    Looks like corporate Canada and Hockey Canada have gone to the well once too often.

    I hate to say it but nobody cares anymore. Priorities have changed with the economy in the tank

    • Primo

      I agree with your post!

      Hockey Canada is a very top heavy organization that requires huge revenues to pay for salaries. Just this week alone Tom Renney split his job responsibilities in half and appointed a President of Operations. Does Renney take a pay cut? Likely not…..whoever approved this additional expenditure is obviously not aligned with the issues of reduced attendance and potential deficits that will occur…..

      • Randaman

        I’ll be interested to see what happens when the US kicks Canada’s butts in the gold medal game.

        I’m A proud Canadian but I can see who the better team is. I’ll gladly eat crow if I’m wrong.

          • defenceman factory

            Wow aren’t you and Randaman a pair of whiny little girls. After an effort like that from the Canadians and you sound disappointed.

            The Swedes didn’t know what hit them. Americans are getting run out of the rink.

            Go Canada Go