Finland's super line could challenge Canada at world junior

Finland's Teuvo Teravainen (R) hugs goalie Juuse Saros after their team won against the Czech...

Finland's Teuvo Teravainen (R) hugs goalie Juuse Saros after their team won against the Czech Republic in a quarterfinal matchup at the world junior championship on Thursday in Malmo, Sweden. (REUTERS)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:40 PM ET

MALMO, SWEDEN - Rikard Gronborg provided a scouting report of what Canada can expect Saturday from Finland.

“They will try to slow the game down, at least they did against us,” Gronborg, Sweden’s coach, said.

“They can come after you, but most of the time they do a lot of trapping. They bank on the quick transition game when they have a chance of doing it, and they bank on the first line. The (Teuvo) Teravainen line is exceptional, a really good line. You keep putting them on the power play, they will capitalize. It’s a tough opponent. They are well-coached.”

The Finnish line of Teravainen, a Chicago Blackhawks first-rounder; Saku Maenalanen, a Nashville Predators fifth-rounder; and Artturi Lehkonen, a Montreal Canadiens second-rounder, has combined for 18 points in five games.

“We faced them in the exhibition game and we know they are skilled,” Canada defenceman Josh Morrissey said. “We’ll know when they are on the ice and keep them to the outside. From there, (try to) shut them down and play physically.

“The Finns are hard on the puck with their sticks and know how to protect it well.”


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