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The Best Hockey You'll See This Year

By January 1, 2013

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Filip Forsberg plays for Sweden at the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championship

With weaklings like Germany and Latvia dispatched, the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championship gets down to business.

The single-game playoff round allows little room for error.

It's win or go home, and the drama is sure to reach a fever pitch.

With the tournament being played in Ufa, Russia (about 900 miles east of Moscow), it's an early call for North Americans hoping to catch a game live on TV.

Wednesday's quarterfinals feature the United States against the Czech Republic at 4:00 AM Eastern, followed by Russia and Switzerland at 8:00 AM Eastern.

The winners join Sweden and Canada in the semifinals.

Even if the NHL finally ends its foolish lockout, this might be the best hockey you'll see this year.

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Photo: Filip Forsberg and the Swedes seek their second straight World Junior Title (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images).

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