How they match up

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:39 PM ET

The Czechs are feeling good about themselves thanks to back-to-back victories against the U.S. and Finland. If there is such a thing for Canada as an area of concern, it lies in Czech goalie Marek Schwarz and the red-hot line of Petr Vrana, Rostislav Olesz and Marek Kvapil.

Schwarz has an ability to steal games and that top trio has combined for 12 of the Czechs' 19 goals in the tournament so far.

What works against the Czechs is their size, or lack thereof. The forwards are not overly big and trying to develop a consistently strong forecheck against the bruising crew of Canadian defenceman won't be easy. The Canadian forwards, meanwhile, love to get in as quick as possible and throw the body around. It's a tactic that worked beautifully against the Czechs last year and there are no reasons to suggest it can't repeat itself.

Where the Czechs have one line that can score, Canada has been getting output from all corners. If Sidney Crosby and Patrice Bergeron aren't blazing, then Jeff Carter and Ryan Getzlaf, among others, can fill the void.

"Canada just has to stick to their normal game, which means coming in waves," an NHL scout said. "The longer Schwarz keeps it close, the harder Canada is going to come. I just don't see an upset happening."


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