The United States begin their quest for World Juniors gold today, as the Americans face Latvia in their first game at the 2023 tournament.
The 2022 World Juniors ended shockingly early for the USA.
After winning all four of their group play games, the team was stunned in the quarterfinals, falling to Czechia. After winning gold in 2021, it was an extremely disappointing ending for the team.
Now, the United States has its eyes on getting back to the podium. Returning from the 2022 team are Devils prospect Luke Hughes and Coyotes draft pick, Logan Cooley. Both were top-four picks in their respective drafts and had six points in five games this summer.
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Looking at the new members of Rand Pecknold’s team, there are three players who joined Cooley as first-round picks in the last draft — Cutter Gauthier (Flyers), Rutger McGroarty (Jets) and Jimmy Snuggerud (Blues).
Latvia was the feel-good story of the 2022 World Juniors. The country was not supposed to be at the top World Juniors tournament, but when the IIHF banned Russia and Belarus indefinitely from all international competition, it opened a spot for the Latvians.
The country earned its first-ever win in the preliminary round in tournament history, upsetting Czechia in their final group game. It also marked the first time Latvia advanced to the knockout stage, where they lost a tight 2-1 decision to Sweden in the quarterfinals.
The Sporting News has a complete guide to how to watch the USA vs. Latvia in the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship, including the start time and TV channels for viewers in the United States and Canada.
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What channel is USA vs. Latvia on today?
- United States: NHL Network
- Canada: TSN 1
TSN has all the World Juniors action in Canada, while in the United States, viewers can find the games on NHL Network.
Stephen Nelson will provide play-by-play coverage for NHL Network. He will be joined by analyst Dave Starman and reporter Jon Rosen on the broadcasts.
Dennis Beyak and Craig Button will be on the call for the USA games for TSN. Laura Diakun and Dave Reid will be in the studio.
How to live stream World Juniors hockey games
U.S. fans can stream the tournament on fuboTV (which comes with a free trial), NHL.tv or the NHL app.
Fans in Canada can stream all World Juniors games on TSN.ca or the TSN app.
USA vs. Latvia start time
- Start time: 4 p.m. ET (5 p.m. AST)
The puck will drop at 4 p.m. ET from the Avenir Centre in Moncton, N.B., home of the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats.
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It is the first game of the tournament for both the USA and Latvia and the third game of the opening day of the World Juniors.
USA vs. Latvia odds
- USA: -5.5 (-119)
- Latvia: +5.5 (-116)
- O/U: 7.5
The USA opened as massive favorites over Latvia, with the puckline sitting at 5.5 in favor of the Americans, according to Sports Interaction.
USA World Juniors schedule 2023
(All times Eastern)
|Date||Opponent||Result||Time (ET)||TV Info|
|Dec. 26||Latvia||—||4 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|Dec. 28||Slovakia||—||4 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|Dec. 29||Switzerland||—||4 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|Dec. 31||Finland||—||4 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|Jan. 2||TBD (Quarterfinals)||—||TBD||TSN, NHLN|
|Jan. 4||TBD (Semifinals)||—||TBD||TSN, NHLN|
|Jan. 5||TBD (Gold-Medal Game)||—||TBD||TSN, NHLN|