Canada vs. Latvia: Live score, highlights, updates from 2022 World Juniors hockey tournament

The first game for Team Canada is coming up as the host nation play their first World Juniors game of 2022 against Latvia on Wednesday night.

Canada, who enter the tournament as favorites to win gold, will be without stars like Shane Wright, Owen Power, Jake Neighbors and others who are either not playing or struggling with injuries. However, the Canadian club still has plenty of star power.

Leading the team are Ducks prospect Mason McTavish, Blue Jackets draft pick Kent Johnson and top 2023 draft prospect Connor Bedard. McTavish returns, replacing Kaiden Guhle as captain of the squad, along with Johnson and Donovan Sebrango as assistants.

Latvia has already played one game. The country, which ousted Russia at the top tournament after Russia was banned from the IIHF, lost 6-1 to Finland on Tuesday to begin its World Junior journey.

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Sporting News will provide updates and highlights on the Canada-Latvia matchup at World Juniors 2022.

Result Canada vs. Latvia

Match P1 p2 P3 OT f
Canada
Latvia

Connor Bedard tracker

In each game, we’ll highlight a Team Canada player to follow during the matchup.

First up is Connor Bedard, the 2023 draft sensation playing for the Regina Pats in the WHL. He is considered the top pick for the upcoming NHL draft, which has taken the world by storm in recent years. He had 100 points with the Pats this season, had a four-goal performance at the canceled World Juniors in December and added six goals in four games at the U18 World Championships.

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Extremely skilled and a prolific goalscorer, Bedard is considered a generational talent. At 17, he is one of the youngest players in the tournament.

Canada vs Latvia live updates, highlights from 2022 World Juniors

foreplay

5 p.m. ET — Canada unveil their first preliminary round roster at World Juniors 2022. Riley Kidney replaces Brennan Othmann after a tough pre-tournament scrum from Rangers.

4 p.m. — Canada coach Dave Cameron has announced that Sebastian Cossa will start the game against Latvia. While Dylan Garand is considered the No. 1 goalkeeper, Canada will face their weakest opponent of the tournament in Cossa. The team also has a back-to-back, giving Garand a breather ahead of Thursday’s game against Slovakia.

What channel is Canada vs Latvia on today?

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

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

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Dennis Beyak and Craig Button will be there live in Edmonton. James Duthie and Bob McKenzie will also provide analysis during the breaks.

How to stream World Juniors hockey games live

Fans in Canada can stream all World Juniors games on TSN.ca or the TSN App. Meanwhile, US fans can stream the tournament on fuboTV (7-day free trial) or follow the action on NHL.tv or the NHL app.

Start time Canada vs. Latvia

  • Time: 6 p.m. ET, 4 p.m. PT

The puck falls at 6:00 p.m. ET from Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, home of the Edmonton Oilers.

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It is Canada’s first game in the preliminary round and Latvia’s second.

Canada vs Latvia odds

  • Canada: -6.5 (-104)
  • Latvia: +6.5 (-133)

Canada is a strong 6.5 favorite going into their first World Juniors competition, according to Sports Interaction.

Canada World Juniors Schedule 2022

(All times Easter)

date Opponent result TV info
August 10th Latvia 6 p.m. (TSN, NHLN)
August 11th Slovakia 6 p.m. (TSN, NHLN)
13 August Czech Republic 6 p.m. (TSN, NHLN)
15th of August Finland 6 p.m. (TSN, NHLN)
August 17th quarter finals TBD (TSN, NHLN)
August 19th semifinals TBD (TSN, NHLN)
20th of August bronze/gold TBD (TSN, NHLN)

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