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Canada vs. Slovakia live score, highlights, updates from 2023 World Juniors quarterfinal

The knockout stage is here. Up first on Canada’s quest to repeat as World Juniors gold medalists is a quarterfinal matchup with Slovakia. 

The defending champions finished group play as the No. 2 team in Group A. Canada responded well in group play after losing to Czechia in its World Juniors opener. The team won three straight games, including a New Year’s Eve win over Sweden to leapfrog into second. 

“That’s how we want to play,” Connor Bedard said after the win over Sweden. “That first period was pretty dominating for us and that’s how we’re going to try to do it the next three games. If we can do it, we’ll be tough to play against.”

MORE: Watch the 2023 World Juniors live with fuboTV (free trial, U.S. only)

Bedard has been the hot topic throughout the tournament. The 17-year-old is first among all skaters at the competition in goals (six), assists (12) and points (18). 

The 2023 draft prospect is also making history left and right draft. So far, Bedard has tied the Canadian World Juniors record for career goals, career points and points at a single tournament.

Canada was unable to get the top spot in its group, with Czechia finishing ahead of Canada in the standings. As a result, Canada draws a tougher quarterfinal matchup against a Slovakia team that already has one upset under its belt at the tournament. 

The Slovaks were the only squad to knock off the USA in group play. The team finished third in Group B, with wins over the United States and Latvia and losses to Finland and Switzerland. 

MORE: Team Canada 2023 World Juniors roster, results

The Sporting News will provide live updates and highlights from the Canada-Slovakia quarterfinal matchup at the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship.

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Canada vs. Slovakia live updates, highlights from 2023 World Juniors

(All times Eastern.)

Pregame

 

Canada vs. Slovakia start time

  • Time: 6:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. AST)

The puck drops at 6:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. local time) from the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, N.S., the home of the QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads. 

MORE: Team Canada 2023 World Juniors roster, results

This is the final quarterfinal game at the World Juniors. 

What channel is Canada vs. Slovakia on today?

  • Canada: TSN 1/4/5
  • United States: NHL Network

TSN has all the World Juniors action in Canada. In the United States, viewers can find the games on NHL Network.

Gord Miller and Mike Johnson will be on the call. James Duthie, Bob McKenzie and Cheryl Pounder will provide analysis during intermissions.

How to live stream World Juniors hockey games

Fans in Canada can stream all World Juniors games at TSN.ca or the TSN app. U.S. fans can stream the tournament on fuboTV (which offers a free trial), NHL.tv or the NHL app.

Canada vs. Slovakia odds

  • Canada: -3.5 (-154)
  • Slovakia: +3.5 (+110)
  • O/U: 7.5

Canada is a 3.5-goal favorite on the puck line for the contest against Slovakia at the World Juniors, according to Sports Interaction. 

Canada World Juniors schedule 2023

(All times Eastern)

Date Opponent Result Time (ET) TV Info
Dec. 26 Czechia L, 5-2 6:30 p.m.  TSN, NHLN
Dec. 28 Germany W, 11-2 6:30 p.m.  TSN, NHLN
Dec. 29 Austria W, 11-0 6:30 p.m.  TSN, NHLN
Dec. 31 Sweden W, 5-1 6:30 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Jan. 2 Slovakia (Quarterfinals) 6:30 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Jan. 4 TBD (Semifinals) TBD  TSN, NHLN
Jan. 5 TBD (Gold-medal game) TBD  TSN, NHLN

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