Olympic Men's Hockey Rosters, Pools, Schedule and More

OK, Sidney, I like you again. But only for two weeks. Then you are dead to me. - canada.com

THE ARRIVAL

THE POOLS

Pool A: USA, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia

Pool B: Canada, Finland, Norway, Austria

Pool C: Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, Latvia

THE FORMAT

I will quote Curtis Rush from The Toronto Star on this:

  • There is no elimination after the preliminary round. The top four teams based on where they finish in the group and higest number of points will receive byes into the quarter-finals.
  • Standings are determined by points, with the first tiebreaker being head-to-head matchups. The next tiebreaker would be goal differential in games played between the teams, followed by goals scored in games played between teams that are tied.
  • The bottom eight teams will play elimination games in a qualification round for a chance to win the remaining spots in the quarter-finals.
  • In the preliminary round, teams get three points for a win in regulation time, two points for a win in overtime or a shootout, one point for losing in overtime or a shootout.
  • THE SCHEDULE

    -The tournament begins on Wednesday at 9:00 AM PST. Sweden vs Czech Republic and Latvia vs Switzerland.

    -Canada's first game (preliminary round) is on Thursday at 9:00 AM PST vs Norway. Then they play Austria at 9:00 AM PST on Friday, and vs Finland on Sunday at 9:00 AM PST.

    -The 4 Qualification Round games will be held on Tuesday, February 18 at 12:00 AM, 4:30 AM, 9:00 AM and 9:00 AM all times Pacific Standard Time. Woo!

    -Quarterfinal games will occur on Wednesday, February 19 at 12:00 AM, 4:30 AM, 9:00 AM and 9:00 AM all times Pacific Standard Time.

    -The 2 Semi-Final games will be on Friday, February 21 at 4:00 AM PST and 9:00 AM PST.

    -The Bronze Medal game will take place on Saturday February 22 at 7:00 AM PST, and the Gold Medal game will be held at 4:00 AM PST on Sunday, February 23. You may as well just stay up all night to keep your drunk going?

    -VIEW THE FULL HOCKEY SCHEDULE HERE.

    THE ROSTERS

    TSN has a list for every team in the tournament here.

    PROJECTED LINES

    CANADA

    Kunitz - Crosby - Carter

    Tavares - Getzlaf - Perry

    Nash - Toews - Sharp

    Benn - Bergeron - Marleau

    (Extras: St. Louis, Duchene)

    Keith - Weber

    Bouwmeester - Pietrangelo

    Vlasic - Doughty

    (Extras: Hamhuis, Subban)

    USA! USA! USA IS NOT OK!

    Brown - Kesler - Kane (haha, Kesler and Brown had to kiss and make up)

    Kessel - Pavelski - van Riemsdyk

    Parise - Backes - Oshie

    Pacioretty (sploosh) - Stastny - Callahan

    (Extras: Wheeler, Stepan)

    Fowler - Suter

    McDonagh - Carlson

    Martin - Shattenkirk

    (Extras: Orpik, Faulk)

    Sweden and Russia's projected lines can be seen here (nice work, Mike Johnston!)

    -Daniel Sedin looks to be on Sweden's second line with Niklas Backstrom and Loui Eriksson. Alex Edler will miss the first 2 games to finish off his suspension for kneeing Eric Staal at the World Championships last year.

    WELL THEN...

    REMEMBER THE NAME BHAVIN SOLANKI...

    Because he creates kick ass pump up videos like this:

    Thanks for sharing, Bhavin!

    PREDICTIONS

    GOLD: Russia

    SILVER: Canada

    BRONZE: Finland

    I know, I'm treacherous.

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