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United States and Canada clash for spot in gold medal game

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It’s only the semifinals of the men’s ice hockey competition, but we will have a rematch of the gold medal game from the Vancouver winter games in 2010 this afternoon as the United States take on Canada.

When and where: Bolshoy Ice Dome (Sochi, Russia); 12:00 pm/et (NBC Sports Network, CBC)

Last meeting: The last time the United States and Canada met on the Olympic stage was in Vancouver in 2010. A goal from Zach Parise with seconds remaining in the third period tied the game for the United States, but Sidney Crosby broke the Americans in overtime with what has been deemed “The Golden Goal,” to give Canada the gold medal and the US the silver.

Who to keep an eye on:

1. Sidney Crosby: He has been held scoreless throughout the tournament with only two assists, but these are the kind of games where Sidney Crosby rises to the occasion. Can his head coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins continue to shut him down?

2. Phil Kessel: The Maple Leaf star leads the Olympics in points with eight, and had a hat trick earlier in the tournament against Slovenia. Kessel has been one of, if not, the best player on the US roster, and will look to keep his scoring going against Canada.

Injuries:

United States: D Paul Martin (hand)

Canada: C John Tavares (leg)

Additional notes:

-United States defenseman Paul Martin will miss the game with a hand injury. Justin Faulk will take his spot.

-John Tavares is out for the remainder of the tournament and NHL season after tearing his MCL against Latvia.

-The winner will take on Sweden for the gold medal on Sunday. The loser faces Finland for the bronze Saturday.

Projected lines:

United States (via USA Hockey)

23 Dustin Brown (A)-42 David Backes-24 Ryan Callahan

9 Zach Parise (C)-17 Ryan Kesler-88 Patrick Kane

21 James van Riemsdyk-8 Joe Pavelski-81 Phil Kessel

67 Max Pacioretty-26 Paul Stastny-74 T.J. Oshie

28 Blake Wheeler

3 Cam Fowler-22 Kevin Shattenkirk

44 Brooks Orpik-4 John Carlson

20 Ryan Suter (A)-27 Ryan McDonagh

72 Justin Faulk

32 Jonathan Quick (2-0-0, .935 save %, 1.62 GAA, 0 SO)

Canada (via Dan Rosen (@drosennhl))

14 Chris Kunitz-87 Sidney Crosby (C)-37 Patrice Bergeron

22 Jamie Benn-15 Ryan Getzlaf-24 Corey Perry

12 Patrick Marleau-16 Jonathan Toews (A)-77 Jeff Carter

10 Patrick Sharp-9 Matt Duchene-61 Rick Nash

26 Martin St.Louis

2 Duncan Keith-6 Shea Weber (A)

19 Jay Bouwmeester-27 Alex Pietrangelo

8 Drew Doughty-44 Marc-Edouard Vlasic

5 Dan Hamhuis

31 Carey Price (3-0-0, .941 save %, 0.99 GAA, 0 SO)

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