World Championships – Group B Preview

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Mar 11, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Capitals right wing

Alex Ovechkin

(8) on the ice against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Moving on to Group B, it looks like the Americans, Russians, and Finns will be battling it out for the top spot. Russia will look to bounce back from a disappointing showing on home ice during the Olympics, while the US will look to prove that it’s among the hockey elite after a tough semi-final loss to Canada during the Olympics.

Group B includes: Finland, Russia, United States, Switzerland, Germany, Latvia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. The four teams most likely to make it out of the prelims include: