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Ho, Ho, Ho, Merry Christmas And WJC Hockey Too

12/25/2020 at 6:03am EST

Wishing the 19 and beyond a very Merry Christmas. May this Holiday Season be filled with all things good.

The NHL Network's schedule for the World Junior Championship is below along with a Detroit related preview of the tourney/

One more thing, Vanilla Crown Royal is growing on me.

NHL Network’s 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship Live Game Schedule

*all times ET; subject to change

Friday, December 25

2:00 p.m – Switzerland vs. Slovakia

6:00 p.m. – Germany vs. Finland

9:30 p.m. – Russia vs. USA

Saturday, December 26

2:00 p.m. – Sweden vs. Czech Republic

6:00 p.m. – Germany vs. Canada

9:30 p.m. – USA vs. Austria

Sunday, December 27

2:00 p.m – Finland vs. Switzerland

6:00 p.m – Slovakia vs. Canada

9:30 p.m – Czech Republic vs. Russia

Monday, December 28

6:00 p.m. – Austria vs. Sweden

9:30 p.m. – Slovakia vs. Germany

Tuesday, December 29

2:00 p.m. – USA vs. Czech Republic

6:00 p.m. – Canada vs. Switzerland

9:30 p.m. – Austria vs. Russia

Wednesday, December 30

2:00 p.m. – Finland vs. Slovakia

6:00 p.m. – Switzerland vs. Germany

9:30 p.m. – Russia vs. Sweden

Thursday, December 31

2:00 p.m. – Czech Republic vs. Austria

6:00 p.m. – Canada vs. Finland

9:30 p.m. – Sweden vs. USA

Saturday, January 2

12:00 p.m. – Quarterfinal: TBD

3:30 p.m. – Quarterfinal: TBD

7:00 p.m. – Quarterfinal: TBD

10:30 p.m. – Quarterfinal: TBD

Monday, January 4

6:00 p.m. – Semifinal: TBD

9:30 p.m. – Semifinal: TB

Tuesday, January 5

5:30 p.m. – Bronze Medal Game: TBD

9:30 p.m. – Gold Medal Game: TBD

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Seven recent Wings draft picks will be playing in the tournament, including five on Team Sweden. Gustav Berglund, Albert Johansson, Theodor Niederbach, Lucas Raymond, and Elmer Soderblom (all Team Sweden), Eemil Viro (Finland) and Jan Bednar (Czech Republic) are the Wings prospects competing in the prestigious junior tournament....

What makes this year’s world junior championships even more interesting and compelling is the fact the pandemic has played havoc with junior seasons around the world.

The European leagues have gone on but had stops-and-starts to the schedule. In North America, the junior and college seasons have either not yet started or done so with modest success.

Here is a capsule look at each of the Red Wings’ prospects:

Jan Bednar, goaltender

Bednar was a 2020 fourth-round pick of the Wings, and some evaluators felt he might be a minor steal where he was selected.

But Bednar has gotten off to a slow start in the Czech Republic (.867 save percentage in five games), while playing in a men’s league.

Bednar is likely to be the back-up for the Czech Republic, so there’s no guarantee he’ll see any game action.

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