Canada now cannot face Sweden, Russia or Finland before the gold medal final.
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) February 16, 2014
The Canada-Finland game today concluded the round-robin portion of the Olympic men’s hockey event. What happens next? The top four teams — Sweden, U.S.A., Canada and Finland — earned a bye to the quarterfinal round, while the other 8 teams will participate in a qualification round for the right to join them.
It’s a good news story for Canada, whose path to gold will not go through Sweden, Finland or host country Russia until the final. James Mirtle explains the bracket (shown below) in this story.
Here are the final standings for each group:
Here are the pertinent rules, from the IIHF’s Sochi 2014 page:
After the Preliminary Round, 1D, 2D, 3D and 4D will receive a bye into the Quarter-Finals and will be named as the Home Team for their Quarter-Final pairing. The teams ranked 5-12 will play in the Qualification Playoff games called Group E with the following match-ups:
5D – 12D (Winner will become E1)
6D – 11D (Winner will become E2)
7D – 10D (Winner will become E3)
8D – 9D (Winner will become E4)
The four winning teams of the Qualification Playoff games will advance to the Quarter Final Round. The four losing teams of the Qualification Playoff games will be ranked 9 through 12 according to their ranking after the Preliminary Round.
The Quarter-Final Games will be played with the following match-ups (Group F ):
1D – E4 (Winner will become F1)
2D – E3 (Winner will become F2)
3D – E2 (Winner will become F3)
4D – E1 (Winner will become F4)
The four winning teams of the Quarter-Final games will advance to the Semi-Finals. The four losing teams of the Quarter Finals will be ranked 5 through 8 according to their ranking after the Preliminary Round.