2014 WJC Podcast: Finland hoping to dispatch of pesky Czech Republic squad

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Saku Maenalanen - Team Finland

Photo: Karpat forward and Nashville Predators prospect Saku Maenalanen (R) has been the top goal-scorer for Finland at the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of ANDREAS HILLERGREN/AFP/Getty Images)

The second quarterfinal contest taking place on Thursday at the 2014 World Junior Championship features Finland facing off against the Czech Republic. Finland was probably the more accomplished of the two teams during the preliminary round, but not by so wide a margin that a Czech victory is unthinkable.

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2014 WJC Podcast: The story so far from Malmo

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2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, Malmo, Sweden

Photo: The host country for the 2014 World Junior Championship, Sweden, has performed well so far at this WJC, going undefeated in three games including a 5-3 win over Switzerland on opening night (courtesy of LUDVIG THUNMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

It has been an interesting 2014 World Junior Championship so far, with one major upset plus a fair amont of offense being generated, albeit with a couple of teams proving to be far more generous than most of the field competing in Malmo, Sweden.

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2014 WJC Video: Rasmus Ristolainen, Finland

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Rasmus Ristolainen - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Buffalo Sabres defensive prospect and current Rochester American Rasmus Ristolainen is taking part in his third U20 World Junior Championship with Finland (courtesy of Jen Fuller/Getty Images)

Finland began the 2014 World Junior Championship tournament with a solid win over Norway on Friday, defeating that country 5-1. But their usual nemesis, Sweden, defeated Finland on the third day of the tournament, taking a 4-2 decision from the Finns.

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2014 WJC Video: Esa Lindell, Finland

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Esa Lindell - Team Finland

Photo: Jokerit defenseman and Dallas Stars prospect Esa Lindell is competing for Finland at the 2014 U20 World Juniors after narrowly missing out on earning a berth on last year’s squad (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

After competing with a more experienced squad at last year's World Junior Championship, a performance that featured decidedly more offense than one might expect from Finland, the Finns entered the 2014 WJC in Malmo, Sweden with a squad that is largely getting their feet wet at the Under-20 level.

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2014 WJC Preview: Major pieces missing from Finland squad heading to Malmo

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Julius Honka  - Team Finland

Photo: If Finland is to generate offense at the 2014 World Junior Championship, then Swift Current Broncos’ defenseman and 2014 prospect Julius Honka will likely be a major contributor to that effort (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The 2014 U20 World Junior Championship will be a very different experience for Finland on several fronts.

In past tournaments, the strength of Finland's team has been the cohesion gained by playing several years together and then competing as a group in Finland's second league, Mestis, during the Fall.

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