World Championships- Group A Preview

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Mar 10, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center

Nathan MacKinnon

(29) during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at Pepsi Center. The Avalanche won 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The World Championships open up on Saturday, and even in an Olympic year there will be pressure on those players representing Canada to bring home a gold that they haven’t been able to win since 2007.  Canada’s Group A consists of Sweden, Czech Republic, France, Slovakia, Italy, Norway and Denmark.

Who’s most likely to survive and advance from Group A? The following rankings are the most likely outcome you’ll see in Belarus.