Canada 'underdogs' heading into game against U.S.

Canada's Curtis Lazar (left) and Slovakia's Eduard Simun race for the puck during the third period...

Canada's Curtis Lazar (left) and Slovakia's Eduard Simun race for the puck during the third period of their world junior championship game in Malmo, Sweden, on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. (Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:05 PM ET

MALMO, SWEDEN - The sentiment was one that each Canadian player expressed on Monday night.

“We’re the underdogs,” forward Jonathan Drouin said, peering into Canada’s immediate future at the 2014 world junior championship.

“The Americans are a good team, they won (gold) last year and are 3-0. We have to get off to a good start and not (stand around) and watch them play.”

Yes, Canada’s game against the United States on Tuesday night as the preliminary round ends will have the importance that most figured it would when the tournament schedule was set.

If Canada wins in regulation, it will win Group A and take on the fourth-place team in Group B in a quarterfinal on Thursday. If the U.S. wins, or loses in overtime or a shootout, it will finish first in the group and Canada will sit second.


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