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Who and what to watch in Canada-Russia world junior hockey semifinal

01/03/2012 07:00 EST | Updated 03/04/2012 05:12 EST
CALGARY - A quick look at Canada's semifinal game against Russia on Tuesday at the world junior men's hockey championship:

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Canada

Mark Stone — Leads tournament in goals and has uncanny chemistry with winger Jonathan Huberdeau.

Brett Connolly — Lone NHL player on Canada's roster, the Tampa Bay Lightning forward has a goal a game in this tournament.

Brendan Gallagher — Speed and tenacity make forward a burr under opposition's saddle. Has been snakebitten around the net.

Russia

Evgeni Kuznetsov — Captain centres top-scoring line with wingers Nikita Gusev and Nikita Kucherov.

Nail Yakupov — Sarnia Sting forward expects to hear his name called early in NHL draft.

Andrei Vasilevski — Goaltender a difference-maker for his team and covers up mistakes by the defence.

KEYS TO THE GAME

Russia — Get the puck quickly out of defensive zone and don't let Canada score early. Cycle the puck using all real estate in the offensive zone to stretch out Canada's defence.

Canada — Take advantage of Russia's fatigue as they'll play their second game in as many days. Pressure in Russia's zone and the neutral zone to force turnovers. Score first to draw energy from fans.

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