2018 WJC • Game 30 • Bronze: CZE-USA • Jan. 5, 4PM ET

Gameday info for the bronze medal game.
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  1. Woodhouse

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    Bronze Medal: [​IMG] Czech Republic vs. [​IMG] United States
    Jan. 5 • 16:00 ET • 22:00 CET
    Key Bank Center — Buffalo, NY
    TV: NHLN, RDS, SVT, TSN


    [​IMG] Czech Republic
    (Confirmed lineup per IIHF.)

    6 Marek Zachar - 22 Kristian Reichel - 16 Martin Kaut
    29 Albert Michnac - 8 Martin Necas - 18 Filip Zadina
    25 Radovan Pavlik - 21 Filip Chytil - 15 Daniel Kurovsky
    20 Jakub Lauko - 28 Petr Kodytek - 17 Krystof Hrabik
    27 Ostap Safin

    19 Vojtech Budik - 3 Libor Hajek
    12 Frantisek Hrdinka - 23 Jakub Galvas
    14 Ondrej Vala - 7 Radim Salda
    11 Filip Kral

    30 Josef Korenar
    1 Jakub Skarek
    2 Milan Kloucek


    [​IMG] United States
    (Confirmed lineup per IIHF.)

    23 Kieffer Bellows - 4 Ryan Poehling - 17 Kailer Yamamoto
    7 Brady Tkachuk - 11 Casey Mittelstadt - 13 Joey Anderson
    49 Max Jones - 9 Josh Norris - 21 Patrick Harper
    27 Riley Tufte - 34 Trent Frederic - n/a
    10 William Lockwood, 22 Logan Brown

    12 Dylan Samberg - 8 Adam Fox
    5 Ryan Lindgren - 15 Scott Perunovich
    24 Mikey Anderson - 20 Andrew Peeke
    6 Quinn Hughes

    30 Jake Oettinger
    1 Jeremy Swayman
    31 Joseph Woll
     
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    Oettinger pls

    Go boys!
     
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    No way
     
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    US should win but cheering for the Czech upset :thumbu:
     
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    Czechs have some great talent but just not enough of it. I think they will take advantage of a weak US defense but give up too many chances themselves.

    5-4 US win

    The wildcard is that there could be a let down from the US in the Bronze game from a team that expected to be playing for Gold. We have seen it a ton from the Canadians in this game resulting in a lot more 4ths than they deserve and with the body language of the American kids in the 3rd that could be a concern. Hopefully playing in front of the home fans helps to give them a boost in this game.
     
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    i wonder if the USA will fare better against this half of former Czechoslovakia. hope the Czechs win but the USA is straight up a better team
     
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    They'd have to show up first :naughty:

    Czechs clearly underdogs but if they stay disciplined they're not without a chance. I think penalties will be a key factor in this game
     
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    I think the Czechs want the bronze more than the USA.
     
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    I'll take the Czechs for the emotional W and enjoyable celebration that follows.
     
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    4-3 USA in a shootout.
     
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    Hoping our guys show up ready to play. A medal is still a big deal.
     
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    Might sound a little arrogant but from the viewpoint of an American fan, team USA is disappointed to be here whereas the Czechs are probably (correct me if I'm wrong) just happy they made it this far. Knowing team USA across all levels and our players' treatment of the bronze medal game, I fully expect to lose the game, and probably by a lot.
     
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    Last time was 2005, so no, you're not wrong. And on the other matter I hope you're right, because it would suck to have come this far again and go home with the "potato medal" :)
     
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    America tends to not care at all for a Bronze whereas it might mean something for the Czechs who haven't been playing for a medal in over 10 years. That's why I wouldn't at all be surprised of a stupid result like 5-1 for Czechs here.
     
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    I don't know, scouts are definitely watching. If I would be a draft eligible American, I would definitely still try to do my best to impress and help my draft position. From team point of view, Czechs definitely want it more. They will be welcomed as heroes if they come back with a bronze medal and they will be remembered as a success story. If they come back with a potato, nobody will care. Even though it was 10 years since they were in semi the last time.
     
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    The US wins = because they were a better team

    Czech wins =because they care about a bronze medal while the American team doesn't

    Got it :D
     
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    Which is exactly why the Czechs deserve the bronze and the Americans deserve to go home empty-handed.
     
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    Ok, but I don't think a bunch of teenagers that's reached a level where they're considered the elite of their age group is "meh" about a bronze medal. If they win the bronze, wouldn't that be one of the biggest accomplishments in their careers thus far. I just don't believe that type of "who cares" mentality comes naturally to any WJC team from any nation . I know one guy that performs at the highest level in his sport and there is sooooo much work and sacrifice behind it while the rest of us get to watch while we drink our beer and eat our chips. They're different from you and me.

    My 2 cents anyway
     
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    True. I'm just being kind of cynical as an American because I've seen the treatment of a bronze medal game by American athletes, fans, and media be given the treatment of "who cares" countless times. It's not a mindset unique to the sport of hockey, either. I suppose the attitude I have right now in even making this post is just perpetuating it too, and I should probably just shut up at this point.
     
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    No offense but the US didnt deserve to be in the gold medal game. They were very inconsistant in this tournament.
     
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    I expect a good close game here. Czechs got beat good against Canada but man, that game could've have been so much closer if a bit of luck went the other way and they didn't take dumb penalties.
    If Czechs don't go in the box too much I think they'll give the Americans a good go.
    And they have to.. American PP is very very good.
     
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    Agreed, we laid an egg against Slovakia and didn't deserve to win our group. After the Denmark game, something just seemed off with this team. It's too bad. I think some of the defenseman we left at home would have done better than the ones there.

    But it doesn't matter now. Gotta go win the medal. Bronze games are always rough to watch, but I think we have the better team and should go out on a winning note
     
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    None taken, I don't disagree. The format of the world juniors is the underlying cause. 10 teams participate, and the semifinalists don't always represent the best four. If you play this tournament with a full round robin and place everyone accordingly, I think USA is about 6th place. Instead, we're somehow still playing for a medal.
     

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