World Juniors 2019: Team USA scores, schedule, how to live stream

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Team USA (SN illustration)

The United States enters the 2018-19 IIHF World Junior Championship in the midst of the most successful stretch in the history of their evolving under-20 program, having medalled in three consecutive tournaments for the first time.

Team USA begins its pursuit of a fourth World Juniors medal in four years Dec. 26 on Canadian soil, one year after settling for bronze and watching their cross-border rivals capture gold in Buffalo. A medal in this year’s tournament, held in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, would be a little sweeter for the Americans, especially if the U.S. and Canada can add another chapter to their head-to-head history.

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The two nations staged one of their greatest WJC moments to date in a snow-globe shootout classic in 2017, a statement victory for the U.S. on the heels of winning gold over Canada in Montreal in 2016. But the U.S. went on to lose to Sweden in the semifinals and Canada got the last laugh, defeating the Swedes to reclaim gold on American soil.

Nevertheless, the United States is now an established power on the World Juniors circuit. And the Jack Hughes-led Americans are once again medal contenders, opening the tournament behind only Canada’s gold-medal odds. 

Here’s everything to know about the tournament, including how to watch live games online in the United States and a complete schedule with updated scores and standings.

Team USA’s schedule, results at World Juniors

Like in years past, the format for the 2018-19 World Junior Championship consists of two groups of five teams. They’ll play a preliminary round robin to determine seeding, followed by a single-elimination tournament. The U.S. drew Group B, which also includes Slovakia, Kazakhstan, Sweden and Finland. 

Date Opponent Result TV info
Dec. 26 Slovakia W, 2-1 6:30 p.m. (NHLN, TSN)
Dec. 28 Kazakhstan W, 8-2 10:30 p.m. (NHLN, TSN)
Dec. 29 Sweden L, 5-4 (OT)  10:30 p.m. (NHLN, TSN)
Dec. 31 Finland W, 4-1 10:30 p.m. (NHLN, TSN)
Jan. 2 Quarterfinals TBD
Jan. 4 Semifinals TBD
Jan. 5 Medal games TBD

(All times Eastern)

How to watch USA games live online

In the United States, World Junior Championship games are only available on NHL Network, which has plans to televise 20 live games. American viewers can find a live stream for games online with a subscription to NHL.tv or through the NHL app.

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Team USA’s 2019 World Juniors roster

The U.S. talent pool is more shallow in 2018-19 compared to recent years, but the Americans still ice a roster with seven first-round NHL draft picks, headlined by Quinn Hughes, Oliver Wahlstrom and NCAA scoring leader Evan Barratt. Otherwise, all eyes should be on Jack Hughes, the 17-year-old National Team Development Program standout widely considered a lock to become the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NHL Draft. 

FORWARDS

Name 2018-19 team NHL rights
Evan Barratt Penn State (NCAA) Blackhawks
Noah Cates Minnesota-Duluth (NCAA) Flyers
Sasha Chmelevski Ottawa 67s (OHL) Sharks
Logan Cockerill Boston U (NCAA) Islanders
Jack Drury Harvard (NCAA) Hurricanes
Joel Farabee Boston U (NCAA) Flyers
Jack Hughes U.S. NTDP 2019 draft
Tyler Madden Northeastern (NCAA) Canucks
Josh Norris Michigan (NCAA) Senators
Jay O’Brien Providence (NCAA) Flyers
Ryan Poehling St. Cloud State (NCAA) Canadiens
Jason Robertson Niagara (OHL) Stars
Oliver Wahlstrom Boston College (NCAA) Islanders

DEFENSEMEN

Name 2018-19 team NHL rights
Mikey Anderson Minnesota-Duluth (NCAA) Kings
Quinn Hughes Michigan (NCAA) Canucks
Phil Kemp Yale (NCAA) Oilers
K’Andre Miller Wisconsin (NCAA) Rangers
Dylan Samberg Minnesota (NCAA) Jets
Mattias Samuelsson Western Michigan (NCAA) Sabres
Jack St. Ivan Yale (NCAA) Flyers

GOALIES

Name 2018-19 team NHL rights
Kyle Keyser Oshawa (OHL) Bruins
Spencer Knight U.S. NTDP 2019 draft
Cayden Primeau Northeastern (NCAA) Canadiens

World Junior Championship standings

GROUP A

Team Wins Losses OTL Points
1. Canada 3 0 0 9
2. Russia 3 0 0 9
3. Switzerland  1 2 1 4
4. Czech Republic 1 2 0 2
5. Denmark 0 3 0 0

GROUP B

Team Wins Losses OTL Points
1. Sweden 3 0 0 8
2. United States  2 0 1 7
3. Finland 2 1 0 6
4. Slovakia 1 2 0 3
5. Kazakhstan 0 3 0 0

Wins in regulation = 3 points
Overtime win = 2 points
Overtime loss = 1 point

Full World Junior Championship schedule

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 26
Czech Republic 2, Switzerland 1 (OT)   4 p.m. NHLN, TSN
United States 2, Slovakia 1 6:30 p.m. NHLN, TSN
Canada 14, Denmark 0 8 p.m. NHLN, TSN
Finland 1, Sweden 2 10:30 p.m. NHLN, TSN
THURSDAY, DEC. 27
Russia 4, Denmark 0 4 p.m. NHLN, TSN
Slovakia 2, Sweden 5 6:30 p.m. TSN
Switzerland 2, Canada 3 8 p.m. NHLN, TSN
Finland 5, Kazakhstan 0 10:30 p.m. NHLN, TSN
FRIDAY, DEC. 28
Russia 2, Czech Republic 1 8 p.m. NHLN, TSN
United States 8, Kazakhstan 2 10:30 p.m. NHLN, TSN
SATURDAY, DEC. 29
Denmark 0, Switzerland 4 4 p.m. NHLN, TSN
Slovakia 1, Finland 5 6:30 p.m.
Canada 5, Czech Republic 1 8 p.m. NHLN, TSN
Sweden 5, United States 4 (OT) 10:30 p.m. NHLN, TSN
SUNDAY, DEC. 30
Russia 7, Switzerland 4 8 p.m. NHLN, TSN
Slovakia 11, Kazakhstan 2 10:30 p.m. NHLN, TSN
MONDAY, DEC. 31
Denmark vs. Czech Republic 4 p.m. NHLN, TSN
Sweden vs. Kazakhstan 6:30 p.m.
Russia vs. Canada 8 p.m. NHLN, TSN
United States vs. Finland 10:30 p.m. NHLN, TSN
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 2
Relegation game 1 (teams TBD) 2 p.m.
Quarterfinal 1 (teams TBD) 4 p.m. NHLN, TSN
Quarterfinal 2 (teams TBD) 6:30 p.m. TSN
Quarterfinal 3 (teams TBD) 8 p.m. NHLN, TSN
Quarterfinal 4 (teams TBD) 10:30 p.m. NHLN, TSN
FRIDAY, JAN. 4
Relegation game 2 (teams TBD) noon
Semifinal 1 (teams TBD) 4 p.m. NHLN, TSN
Semifinal 2 (teams TBD) 8 p.m. NHLN, TSN
SATURDAY, JAN. 5
Relegation game 3 (teams TBD) noon
Bronze-medal game (teams TBD) 4 p.m. NHLN, TSN
Gold-medal game (teams TBD) 8 p.m. NHLN, TSN

(All times Eastern)