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Posted On Thursday, 12.27.2012 / 2:35 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Galchenyuk ready to face friend Yakupov

There will be an interesting game within the game Friday when the United States faces Russia (9 a.m. ET, NHLN-US) in preliminary-round play at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Lining up opposite each other will be former teammates Nail Yakupov of Russia and Alex Galchenyuk of the U.S.

They played together from 2010-12 with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League. In 2010-11, Yakupov was third in the league in goals with 49 and led all first-year OHL players with 101 points, while Galchenyuk was second with 83 points.

A knee injury kept Galchenyuk sidelined for all but two regular-season and six playoff games, while Yakupov had 31 goals and 69 points in just 42 games. At the 2012 NHL Draft, Yakupov was taken No. 1 by the Edmonton Oilers, while Galchenyuk went No. 3 to the Montreal Canadiens.

Posted On Thursday, 12.27.2012 / 11:26 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

U.S. finishes off Germany 8-0

It was a balanced scoring effort as eight different players had goals as the United States defeated Germany 8-0 on Thursday in its opening game at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Linemates Alex Galchenyuk and Riley Barber had a goal and two assists each and their center, Sean Kuraly, had a goal and an assist. The U.S. also got three goals from defensemen in the win.

Goaltender John Gibson made 19 saves in two periods of play, with Jon Gillies finishing the shutout.

The U.S. scored in the first 20 seconds of each of the first two periods, and led 6-0 after 40 minutes.

Posted On Thursday, 12.27.2012 / 10:43 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

U.S. continues to roll, leads 6-0 after two periods

The strong play the United States displayed in the first period stayed intact through the second as the U.S. scored three times and forced the play for most of the second to lead 6-0 after 40 minutes of action against Germany.

After scoring 19 seconds into the first period, the U.S. needed just 15 seconds to get its first goal in the second, as Alex Galchenyuk forced a turnover behind the German net and flipped the puck in front to Riley Barber to make it 4-0.

Shayne Gostisbehere's power-play one-timer from the right side made it 5-0 at 6:33, and then Ryan Hartman, a top 2013 NHL Draft prospect, scored on the rebound of a Blake Pietila shot off a 2-on-0 rush to make it 6-0 at 7:55. Cole Bardreau started the play going the other way in the neutral zone as Germany got caught on a line change. He spotted Pietila who broke in alone on Germany goalie Marvin Cupper and fired a shot from the left side. Cupper slid over to make the save, but the puck bounced right onto Hartman's stick on the right side, and he buried his chance.

Posted On Thursday, 12.27.2012 / 9:52 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Galchenyuk goal highlights strong first period for U.S.

United States coach Phil Housley couldn't ask for much more from his team in the first period of its World Junior Championship opener against Germany.

The U.S. scored three times in the first 10 minutes, took just one penalty and kept Germany without a shot for more than 13 minutes.

Sean Kuraly opened the scoring just 19 seconds into the game, and Jacob Trouba made it 2-0 at 8:30 with a shot from the point through traffic.

Alex Galchenyuk scored the prettiest goal of the game, and maybe of the tournament so far. The Montreal Canadiens prospect pulled the puck off the wall on the left side in the Germany end, curled back to the blue line, and when no German skaters tried to stop him, skated into the slot and fired a shot that beat Germany goalie Marvin Cupper over his glove at 9:54.

Posted On Thursday, 12.27.2012 / 9:06 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

U.S. sets lineup for WJC opener vs. Germany

Here's the lineup the United States will go with against Germany for its opening game at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship:

John Gaudreau - J.T. Miller - Rocco Grimaldi

Alex Galchenyuk - Sean Kuraly - Riley Barber

Blake Pietila - Cole Bardreau - Ryan Hartman

Mario Lucia - Vincent Trocheck - Tyler Biggs

Jimmy Vesey

Posted On Wednesday, 12.26.2012 / 9:59 PM

By Dave Starman -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

NHLN's Starman: Four keys for Americans at WJC

NHL Network analyst Dave Starman has covered each of the past four World Junior Championship tournaments. He also spends a tremendous amount of time broadcasting and scouting college and junior hockey games across North America. As a result, he is intimately familiar with many of the players who are competing for gold during the next two weeks in Ufa, Russia. Throughout the WJC, Starman will weigh in with his thoughts and analysis, focusing his attention heavily on the fate of the Americans. These are his thoughts on the United States before their tournament begins.

The World Junior Championship is full of great hockey and tremendous drama.

Living full-time in the world of amateur hockey (college/junior), I see most of Team USA’s guys on a regular basis, and they have a good team. It isn’t as star-studded as some recent entries, but the best team doesn’t always win this thing.

Short tourneys are based on four things to watch.

Posted On Wednesday, 12.26.2012 / 4:41 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Sweden's Lindholm out with concussion: report

Defenseman Hampus Lindholm will not play for Sweden at the World Junior Championship due to a concussion, the Orange County Register reported Wednesday.

Sweden coach Roger Ronnberg had told reporters in Russia that Lindholm would miss at least the tournament opener for the defending champions, a 4-1 win Wednesday against the Czech Republic.

Posted On Wednesday, 12.26.2012 / 7:00 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Nugent-Hopkins leads Canada in opening-day win

Canada captain Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and four assists as Canada opened the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship with a 9-3 win against Germany on Wednesday.

Nugent-Hopkins and linemates Mark Scheifele and Jonathan Huberdeau dominated the game, combining for 10 points. Huberdeau had a goal and two assists, and Scheifele scored twice, including a shorthanded goal.

"We knew all three of those players are at an NHL level when it comes to their ability and mindset," Canada coach Steve Spott told TSN. "It's one of those things you hope it works out because Mark is playing out of his natural position [on the wing]. Ultimately I thought all three guys would be on the same page mentally because they're all so smart. Mark has adjusted well to the wing. Hopefully they can keep that going."

Posted On Tuesday, 12.25.2012 / 10:06 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Top names missing from initial World Junior rosters

Christmas Day marked the deadline for teams to submit their rosters for the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, and there were a few surprising names left off the submissions.

Canada listed 12 forwards, leaving top 2013 NHL Draft prospect Jonathan Drouin off the roster for now. Drouin sustained what TSN reported to be a charley horse during practice, leaving his status in doubt for the tournament. The team already is thin up front due to the three-game suspension of Boone Jenner.

With a maximum roster of 23 (20 skaters, three goalies), Canada can add Drouin or a replacement. Getting that player all the way to Ufa, Russia, however, will take time, so it's likely Canada will have to play at least one game with 11 forwards if Drouin is unavailable for Wednesday's opener against Germany, or move a defenseman to forward.

Left off the United States roster were defensemen Matthew Grzelcyk and Patrick Sieloff, as the team listed six blueliners. Among that group was Connor Murphy, who sustained a neck injury when he was hit by a puck during an exhibition game last week. However, with 19 total skaters submitted -- one below the maximum -- they can add one player.

Posted On Monday, 12.24.2012 / 4:00 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Boone Jenner suspended 3 games by IIHF

Boone Jenner received a three-game suspension from the International Ice Hockey Federation for a charging incident last week.

Jenner, a Columbus Blue Jackets prospect, is supposed to play a key third-line checking center role for Canada. He was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct penalty for charging after a late hit on Swedish defenceman Jesper Pettersson in the second period of an exhibition game Dec. 22 in Helsinki.

Pettersson was diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder and fractured wrist and will miss the World Junior Championship.

The IIHF based its decision on a video review of the hit, which it ruled was late and delivered with no intention to play the puck, and with Pettersson being in a vulnerable position.

Jenner will have to sit out Canada's first three games of the WJC: Dec. 26 against Germany, Dec. 28 against Slovakia, and Dec. 30 against the United States.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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