2021 WJC: Three Storylines to watch unfold during Semi-Final games

Bowen Byram #4 of Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)
Bowen Byram #4 of Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images) /
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Bowen Byram #4 of Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images) /

Keep an eye out for these three things during the 2021 WCJ Semi-Finals.

It is Semi-Final day at the 2021 WJC and there will be three storylines to watch unfold in what will be two huge matchups.

Four teams will slug it out for the chance to play in the Gold Medal Game at the 2021 World Junior Championship in Red Deer, Edmonton, with Team Canada taking on Russia and Team USA going up against Finland.

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We could end up with a mouthwatering Team Canada Vs. Team USA showdown in the Gold Medal game, although both teams have huge obstacles to overcome before they can start dreaming of that.

It has been a hugely compelling tournament so far and the final two days should be the best yet, with a lot riding on today’s Semi-Final games.

And, ahead of the action getting started at 6:00 p.m. ET between Team Canada and Russia and between Team USA and Finland at 9:30 p.m. ET, we’ve got three big talking points we want to share with you.

Let’s delve right in…

3. Dream Scenario

Let’s be honest, most people invested in the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship will be dreaming for a Gold Medal showdown between Team Canada and Team USA.

And you can throw us into that category too.

Of course, both teams have a hell of a lot to do before they can get to that stage, but it would be a perfect end to what has been an excellent tournament so far.

Connor McMichael (17), Dylan Cozens (22)
Connor McMichael #17 and Dylan Cozens #22 of Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images) /

And, it would also be a mouthwatering appetiser for hockey fans who will then have the start of the 2020-21 NHL season to look forward to a week later.

Both Team USA and Team Canada are absolutely stacked with the latter perhaps that little bit deeper, and it would be one hell of a titanic shutdown between two powerhouses.

I mean, just think of the NHL talent that would be on display between the two countries too, with both Team USA and Team Canada dominating stats across the board at the tournament.

Think of some of the matchups too.

Trevor Zegras against Bowen Byram, Quinton Byfield against Cam York, Dustin Wolf / Spencer Knight against Devon Levi, the list is endless.

Again, there’s a lot of work to do before this is reality but I think the prospect of Team Canada and Team USA going at it for the Gold Medal will be on most people’s minds during the Semi-Final games tonight.