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2020 World Junior Championship: Dec. 26 schedule, TV, game thread

Blackhawks prospects Antti Saarela and Michal Teply will play.

USA v Finland: Gold Medal Game - 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images

The Blackhawks will have a prospect playing half of the games during the opening day of the 2020 World Junior Championship on Thursday.

Left wing Michal Teply and host Czech Republic will face Russia in the first game of the tournament. Forward Antti Saarela and reigning WJC champion Finland will play against rival Sweden in the second set of games.

Thursday, Dec. 26

Switzerland vs. Kazakhstan, 8 a.m.

Czech Republic vs. Russia, 8 a.m. (NHLN)

Sweden vs. Finland, noon

Canada vs. United States, noon (NHLN)