With the preliminary round now in the books, eight of the 10 teams taking part in the 2014 World Junior Championship can look forward to battling it out for medals beginning with the four quarterfinals matches on Thursday. But the other two teams on the outside looking in, Germany and Norway, are in the more precarious position of having to qualify for next year's top level of the WJC.
The two teams will battle it out in a best-of-three format this time around. The winner of the series will take part in the 2015 WJC that will take place in Toronto and Montreal, while the loser will be relegated to the Division IA WJC. Denmark is already assured of moving up to the main event next year.
Germany produced one memorable game at this event, an upset win over the Czech Republic, while Norway produced one near-miss against Switzerland. The rest of the games for both clubs were mostly lopsided losses.
Hockey's Future writers Chapin Landvogt and Derek O'Brien took time out from their duties in Malmo to record preview podcasts for each of the playoff games, as well as podcasts for the relegation round. Presented in two parts is their discussion of the relegation matchup between Germany and Norway.
Right-click here to download part 1 of this Hockey's Future Podcast.
Right-click here to download part 2 of this Hockey's Future Podcast.