PLAYERS TO WATCH
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.
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.