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It’s Team USA vs. Team Finland Going For Gold Tonight At The WJC

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

United States vs. Finland (8 p.m. ET; NHLN, TSN)

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Hughes vs. Kakko

United States center Jack Hughes and Finland right wing Kaapo Kakko, top prospects for the 2019 NHL Draft, are set to meet in the gold-medal game of the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship on Saturday.

Hughes was unable to play in a 4-1 United States win Dec. 31 because of an undisclosed injury. He's the projected No. 1 pick, and Kakko is projected as a top five choice.

"There's lots of talk, so time will show who is going to be No. 1," Kakko said.

Finland defenseman Henri Jokiharju (Chicago Blackhawks) said, "[Kakko's] going to be No. 1."

Hughes has three assists and 12 shots on goal averaging 13:36 of ice time in three games. Kakko has one goal, three assists and 20 shots on goal averaging 14:58 in six games.

"I don't look at this as Jack Hughes versus Kaapo Kakko," Hughes said. "I'm just worried about myself and our team. I feel good where I'm at and I'm not going to stress over it. They have two NHL players on their roster, too, with Eeli Tolvanen (Nashville Predators) and Henri Jokiharju."

Hughes and Kakko last played against each other at the 2018 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Russia on April 29. Kakko scored once on two shots in a 3-2 win in the gold-medal game. Hughes had no points on four shots.

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If anyone has a stream to share of the Junior World Championship in Vancouver I would be very grateful.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 01/05/19 at 07:18 PM ET

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