The United States will rely on muscle and a team effort to shut down Team Canada’s high-powered offence today.

The two teams meet at 4:30 p.m. at the Metro Centre in the biggest game yet at the IIHF world championship.

The U.S. will match a defence corps that averages 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds against Canada’s top-scoring line of Dany Heatley, Rick Nash and Ryan Getzlaf, a unit that has dominated with six goals and 10 assists through two games.

The Americans will also rely on the principles the team was built on: Speed, aggressiveness and an attacking style.

“For us, it’s playing them in their end and making them play D,” said Team USA captain Jeff Halpern. “If they’re in our end the whole game, it’s going to be a long night for us.”

Teenage stars Patrick Kane (two goals, two assists) and Phil Kessel (three goals) will look to continue scoring, as will a power play that has gone a sizzling 7-for-13.

Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins will start in goal.

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