The game of the day will be on primetime, 7:30pm EST, as the top-two teams in Group A square-off in the third-and-final game of the preliminary round. Team USA [1st place with 6 points] will be “away” as they take on Gold Medal hopefuls and second-place Team Canada [5 points].
The winner of this game–and top-4 overall teams’ in the Olympic Games–receive a bye past the Qualification Playoffs and directly into the Quarter Finals, which start on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
USA: 9 goals-for, 2 goals-against
Canada: 11 goals-for, 2 goals-against
The same goes with the top-two teams in Group C, Sweden and Finland, both with 2-0-0 records and tied with six-points. The puck drops on the Fins and Swedes at midnight, EST.
Sweden: 6 goals-for, 2 goals-against
Finland: 10 goals-for, 1 goals-against
And finally, Group B: Russia [4 points/3rd] vs. Czech Republic [6 points/1st]. I’m completely surprised by these standings in this one. I had Russia pegged as the top-team in this Group, and as a sure-medal team [Silver]. These two rivals face-off at 3pm EST. I’m flying home from work at 2:30pm to watch this one.
Russia: 9 goals-for, 4 goals-against
Czech: 8 goals-for, 3 goals-against
Olympic’s points’ system:
Regulation Win = 3 points
Overtime/shootout win = 2 points
Overtime/shootout loss = 1 point
Regulation loss = 0 points
|2011-2012||(D) Joe Corvo||4th-round draft pick in 2012 (CAR)|
|2011-2012||(D) Mike Mottau & (F) Brian Rolston||(D) Marc Cantin & (F) Yannick Riendeau (NYI)|
|2011-2012||(D) Greg Zanon||(D) Steven Kampfer (MIN)|
|2011-2012||Future Draft Considerations||(D) Yuri Alexandrov (NYI)|
|2012-2013||(F) Chris Bourque||(F) Zach Hamill (WSH)|
|2012-2013||(F) Michel Ouellet and a 5th-round pick in 2012||(F) Benoit Pouliot (TBL) *negotiation rights|
|2012-2013||Conditional 2nd-round pick in 2014 or 2015||(G) Tim Thomas (NYI)|
|2012-2013||(F) Jaromir Jagr||(F) Lane MacDermid, (F) Cody Payne, Conditional 2nd-round pick in 2013 (DAL)|
|2012-2013||(F) Rob Flick||(F) Maxime Sauve (CHI)|
|2012-2013||(D) Wade Redden||Conditional 7th-round pick in 2014 (STL)|
|2013-2014||(F) Loui Eriksson, (F) Matt Fraser, (F) Reilly Smith, (D) Joe Morrow||(F) Tyler Seguin, (F) Rich Peverley, (D) Ryan Button (DAL)|
|2013-2014||(F) Blake Parlett||(F) Carter Camper (CBJ)|
|2014-2015||PHI’s 2nd-round pick in 2015, NYI’s 2nd-round pick in 2016, conditional 3rd-round pick in 2015||(D) Johnny Boychuk (NYI)|
|2014-2015||(F) Brett Connolly||B’s 2nd-round pick in 2015, B’s 2nd-round pick in 2016 (TBL)|
|2014-2015||(F) Max Talbot, (F) Paul Carey||(F) Jordan Caron, 6th-round pick in 2016 (COL)|
|2014-2015||(F) Zack Phillips||(F) Jared Knight (MIN)|