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Blue Jackets ready to take part in quarterfinals at Worlds

Werenski, Dubois, Gavrikov, Wennberg, Vehvilainen play Thursday

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

Five members of the Blue Jackets organization have moved on to the quarterfinals of the World Championships, set for Thursday in Slovakia, but at least two will see their tournaments end there.

That's because two of the matchups in Bratislava and Kosice will feature a pair of Blue Jackets going against one another, highlighted by a United States vs. Russia clash featuring Zach Werenski and Vladislav Gavrikov.

The teams will play at 10:15 a.m. Eastern time as Werenski and the Americans, who finished fourth in Group A, take on the unbeaten Russians. Werenski has played in just one game thus far after arriving in Slovakia over the weekend, while Gavrikov has been on the ice for just one goal against thus far in seven games.

The other battle of Blue Jackets will take place in the Nordic clash between natural rivals Sweden and Finland, which will take place at 2:15 p.m. Eastern time. Alexander Wennberg has had an impressive tournament thus far with a 3-5-8 line in five games for the Swedes, who finished third in Group B, while Finnish goalie Veini Vehvilainen -- a sixth-round pick of the Jackets last year -- is a reserve goalie who has started one game in the tournament.

The other Blue Jackets prospect in action will be Pierre-Luc Dubois , whose Canadian team won Group A thanks to Tuesday's 3-0 shutout of the Americans, which featured Dubois' second goal of the tournament.

Tweet from @TSN_Sports: 🇨 SCORES!Mark Stone (@GoldenKnights) steals the loose puck and centres it for a wide-open Pierre-Luc Dubois (@BlueJacketsNHL), who buries it to open the scoring early for @HC_Men!1-0 🇨 | #IIHFWorlds

Team Canada now takes on the fourth-place team in Group B, Switzerland, in a 10:15 a.m. faceoff in Thursday's quarterfinals. 

Semifinals will be reseeded and take place Saturday with the final on Sunday.

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