Photo: Boston University defenseman and Boston Bruins prospect Matt Grzelcyk is tied for the scoring lead on Team USA as he has picked six points (2G, 4A) in four games at the 2014 WJC (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Both teams won their first three games at the 2014 World Junior Championship, but both Russia and the USA also lost key matchups in the final game of the preliminary round, causing those countries to miss out on a less daunting start to the playoff round.
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.
Photo: Miami University forward and Washington Capitals prospect Riley Barber is currently among the top scorers in NCAA hockey with 28 points in 18 games so far in 2013-14 (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)
Miami University forward Riley Barber entered the 2014 World Junior Championship viewed not only as an offensive leader for Team USA, but also as the team's overall leader, a point that was driven home when the USA coaching staff named Barber the team captain for this tournament.
Photo: Hershey Bears defenseman and Washington Capitals prospect Connor Carrick scored his first NHL goal during a 3-game stint with the Capitals at the start of the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
Hershey Bears defenseman Connor Carrick has had an eventful season so far in the 2013-14 campaign. He started the season as a 19-year-old NHL rookie, suiting up for the Washington Capitals for three early-season contests. He was then sent to the Bears for more seasoning, where he has appeared in 13 games so far this season.
Photo: University of Minnesota defenseman and New York Rangers prospect Brady Skjei is playing for his college head coach, Don Lucia, at the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
Team USA successfully began their defense of last year's gold medal at the World Junior Championship with a 5-1 win over the Czech Republic on the first day of the 2014 WJC.