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2015 World Championship starts Friday

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils

Stefan Matteau, Jacob Josefson, Tuomo Ruutu have been tapped for this year's World Championship. (Photo: Getty Images)

Three Devils are set to represent their respective nations when the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship gets underway in the Czech Republic on Friday.

Stefan Matteau and the United States open Group B preliminary-round play against Tuomo Ruutu and Finland at CEZ Arena in Ostrava at 10:15 a.m. ET. Coverage on NBCSN begins at 10 a.m.

Jacob Josefson and Sweden take on the host Czechs in Group A action at Prague’s O2 Arena at 2:15 p.m. ET.

Ruutu is making his fifth worlds appearance for the Finns, and first since 2011 when he scored six goals in nine games en route to a gold medal. Finland took silver at last year’s tournament, falling to Russia in the title game.

Matteau is looking to make his worlds debut after representing the U.S. in the 2014 world juniors. He was a member of the U.S. National Team Development Program for two seasons from 2010-12.

Josefson is set for his first international appearance since 2010, when he posted six points (3g-3a) in six games for Swedene at the world juniors.

All but two of Team USA’s opening-round contests will air live on NBCSN: Saturday’s 2 p.m. ET meeting with Norway, which will be shown on tape delay at 11 p.m., and next Sunday’s 10:15 a.m. ET game against Slovenia, which will air that day at 3 p.m.

All of Team USA’s games can be streamed live on the NBC Sports Live Extra app.

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