2015 WJC Podcast: Preview of the four semi-final teams

by Ken McKenna

Sam Reinhart - Team Canada

Photo: Team Canada forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Sam Reinhart is the leading scorer for his country at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The final four countries are now set for the 2015 World Junior Championship. The semi-final pairings have been set, with Sweden and Russia squaring off in one game, while host Canada will do battle with Slovakia. Both games are rematches of preliminary round games. Read more»

2015 WJC Podcast: A preview of the quarterfinal matches that includes a Sweden-Finland rematch

by Ken McKenna

Pavel Zacha - Team Czech Republic

Photo: Sarnia Sting forward and 2015 prospect Pavel Zacha has played well for the Czech Republic at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

With the preliminary round at the 2015 World Junior Championship now completed, eight of the 10 countries participating at this WJC are moving on to the quarterfinals, while two countries will head to the relegation round. The USA, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Canada, and Denmark all live to fight another day in their quest for gold, with Switzerland and Germany trying to avoid demotion to next year’s D1A WJC. Read more»

2015 WJC Podcast, Group A: USA, Canada winners in Monday tilts

by Ken McKenna

Dylan Larkin - Team USA

Photo: University of Michigan forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Dylan Larkin has led the way on offense for Team USA at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The favorites in Group A at the 2015 World Junior Championship played as favorites should on Monday night as the USA and Canada both won their games in workmanlike fashion. The U.S. downed Slovakia 3-0 while Canada skated past defending gold medalists Finland, 4-1. The victories setup the showdown between the top two teams in Group A that will take place on New Year’s Eve at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Read more»

2015 WJC Podcast, Group A: Finland, Slovakia and Germany work to avoid relegation

by Ken McKenna

Mikko Rantanen - Team Finland

Photo: TPS forward and 2015 prospect Mikko Rantanen has played well at the 2015 World Junior Championship for a Finland squad that has struggled to match their gold medal ways at last year’s WJC (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

When you’re a country placed in the same grouping as Canada and the USA – two especially talented squads this time around – it can be a tough road to hoe. Such is the case for Finland, Slovakia and Germany at the 2015 World Junior Championship as they do battle in Group A along with those two perennial powers in their quest to earn a medal at this tournament. Read more»

2015 WJC Preview: Slovakia could play role of spoiler while avoiding relegation

by Chapin Landvogt

Peter Cehlarik - Lulea Hockey

Photo: Lulea forward and Boston Bruins prospect Peter Cehlarik will be a key offensive performer for Slovakia at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Lulea Hockey/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

After a real rollercoaster ride at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia, Slovakia bounced back to the fun and promise of WJC playoff hockey play at the 2014 WJC. But the fun was over when they ran into a Swedish team that looked ready for gold medal destiny. Nonetheless, it was a tournament where super prospect Marko Dano was able to reaffirm hockey minds that he’s the real deal. Read more»

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