Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Mikhail Grigorenko and Alex Khokhlachev, Russia

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Mikhail Grigorenko - Russia

Photo: Quebec Remparts forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Mikhail Grigorenko played a major role in helping Russia advance to the semi-finals of the 2013 WJC (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

After winning gold and silver at the last two World Junior Championships, 2013 host country Russia find themselves in a position to bring home another medal, possibly gold, in front of a home crowd.

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Notes and quotes from the preliminary round of the 2013 World Juniors

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Aleksander Barkov - Finland

Photo: Highly-rated 2013 prospect Aleksander Barkov of Finland has roots in the country that is hosting the 2013 World Junior Championship, Russia (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Notes

Team Sweden is sporting the best power-play, coming in at 35.71%, while the USA tops penalty killing units at 88.24%. Interestingly enough, no team has been on the power-play more than Sweden and only Russia has been shorthanded less than the USA.

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Plenty of intrigue heading into medal, relegation rounds at 2013 World Juniors

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Nail Yakupov - Russia

Photo: Although Edmonton Oilers prospect Nail Yakupov has generated a bit of offense for Russia at the 2013 WJC, he has not been the offensive force he will need to be if Russia is to take the gold medal (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

For hockey fans across the globe, the preliminary round of the 2013 IIHF WJC has been just about everything anyone had ever hoped for. There’s been no lack of tension, rivalries, intrigue and background stories that have come together to make this tournament the type that fans everywhere crave.

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Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Jonathan Drouin and Malcolm Subban, Canada

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Malcolm Subban - OHL

Photo: Belleville Bulls goaltender and Boston Bruins prospect Malcolm Subban has been played every minute of Canada's games so far at the 2013 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

So far, so good for Team Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championship. The team that many considered the favorite to win gold at this tournament has so far not fallen below expectations as they are a perfect 3-0 after three contests, but with perhaps the toughest match of the preliminary round taking place tomorrow vs. Russia.

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Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Nathan MacKinnon, Canada

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Nathan MacKinnon - Halifax Mooseheads

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward and top 2013 prospect Nathan MacKinnon has had to adjust to less ice time than he is used to while competing at the 2013 WJC (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Although Team Canada has been piling up the goals so far at the 2013 World Junior Championship, top 2013 prospect Nathan MacKinnon has been relatively quiet on the scoresheet.

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