Canada begins the knockout stage today, as the defending World Juniors champions face Slovakia in the quarterfinals.
The Canadians ended group play as the No. 2 team in Group A. After losing to Czechia in its opener, Canada secured three straight victories, including a New Year’s Eve win over Sweden to leapfrog into second.
It’s been the Connor Bedard show in Halifax. The 2023 draft prospect is not just cementing his status as the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft, but is putting himself in the Canadian and World Juniors history books.
So far, the 17-year-old has tied the Canadian World Juniors record for career goals, career points and points at a single tournament. He is first among all skaters at the 2023 tournament in goals (six), assists (12) and points (18).
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However, Slovakia presents no easy task. The Slovaks were the only team to knock off the USA in group play. Slovakia finished third in Group B, with wins over the United States and Latvia and losses to Finland and Switzerland.
Canadiens 2022 first-round pick Filip Mesar and Peter Repcik are leading the Slovak offense. Both forwards have five points entering the knockout stage.
The Sporting News has all you need to watch the Canada vs. Slovakia quarterfinal at the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship, including the start time and TV channels for viewers in the United States and Canada.
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What channel is Canada vs. Slovakia on today?
Canada: TSN 1/4/5
United States: NHL Network
TSN has all the World Juniors action in Canada. In the United States, viewers can find the games on NHL Network.
Gord Miller and Mike Johnson will be on the call. James Duthie, Bob McKenzie and Cheryl Pounder will provide analysis during intermissions.
How to live stream World Juniors hockey games
Canada: TSN.ca, TSN app
United States: fuboTV (7-day free trial)
Fans in Canada can stream all World Juniors games at TSN.ca or the TSN app. U.S. fans can stream the tournament on fuboTV (which offers a free trial), NHL.tv or the NHL app.
Canada vs. Slovakia start time
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. AST)
The puck drops at 6:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. local time) from the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, N.S., the home of the QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads.
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This is the final quarterfinal game at the World Juniors.
Canada vs. Slovakia odds
Canada: -3.5 (-154)
Slovakia: +3.5 (+110)
Canada is a 3.5-goal favorite on the puck line for the contest against Slovakia at the World Juniors, according to Sports Interaction.
Canada World Juniors schedule 2023
(All times Eastern)
TBD (Gold-medal game)