World Juniors 2017: Dec. 29 schedule, TV, game thread

Chicago Blackhawks prospect Lucas Carlsson looks to keep up his point per game production when Sweden plays Finland.

Chicago Blackhawks prospect Lucas Carlsson will play for Sweden against defending champion Finland on Day 4 of the 2017 World Junior Championship.

Carlsson has two points in the tournament with an assist against Denmark and a goal in Sweden’s 4-2 win over Switzerland on Wednesday. The Swedes are 2-0 and have outscored their opponents 10-3 in two games. The Fins, however, haven’t had much success, going 0-2 in the tournament. They’ve lost both games by one goal.

In the other Group A contest, the Czech Republic faces off against Denmark.

Group B play features the United States against Russia and host Canada against Latvia. Team USA is 2-0 while Russia is 1-1. The Russian fell 5-3 to Canada in its opener before a 9-1 drumming of Latvia, who the Americans beat 6-1.

Thursday, Dec. 29

All Times CST

Czech Republic vs. Denmark; Group A; Noon; TSN

USA vs. Russia; Group B; Group B; 2:30 p.m.; NHL Network/TSN

Sweden vs. Finland; Group A; 4:30 p.m.; NHL Network/TSN

Canada vs. Latvia; Group B; 6:30 p.m.; NHL Network/TSN