Binnington gets the call as Canada faces Sweden on TSN

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12/21/2012 7:28:10 PM
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Jordan Binnington will get the call in goal for Team Canada's final tune-up ahead of the world junior hockey championship.  Canada takes on Sweden in the second of two pre-tournament games after falling to Finland 3-2 in their pre-tournament opener.

Catch the game live on TSN and TSN.ca at 9am et/6am pt, with an encore presentation on TSN at 7pm et/4pm pt.

Malcolm Subban's performance may have opened the door for Binnington, especially if he can impress against the Swedes. Subban, thought to be the favourite to start in goal for Canada, followed a mediocre selection camp with a shaky performance vs. Finland.

Other roster moves include Jonathan Huberdeau returning to the lineup after serving his four-game suspension from the QMHJL, and Mark McNeill taking the place of the injured Charles Hudon. Hudon suffered a lower back injury in practice on Friday and will miss the entire tournament.

"It was a specific role that we were looking for, somebody that could play in a depth position, kill penalties, bring energy, bring grit," head coach Steve Spott said of McNeill. "He's obviously a little bit bigger than Charles. He can play centre or the wing."

Winger Brett Ritchie, who sustained an upper-body injury during Thursday's game, practiced for about 30 minutes on Friday before leaving the ice due to soreness and is expected to miss the game with Sweden.

"Brett's going to be OK," said Spott. "He'll be questionable for tomorrow night, but ultimately you saw him skate today and shoot some pucks. He's a little bit sore, but, ultimately, the good news is he'll play on the 26th ... we dodged a little bit of a bullet with him."

Spott will also shuffle the defensive pairings for Canada, with Scott Harrington joining Dougie Hamilton and Morgan Reilly and Xavier Ouellet paired together as the likely new top four. Spott said the change was made to take some pressure off Ouellet, who is recovering from an ankle injury.

Canada opens the World Juniors on Boxing Day against Germany and all games can be seen on TSN, TSN Mobile TV and TSN.ca.



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