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Sochi Refresher: Olympic Groups, Format, Schedule

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Sochi Refresher: Olympic Groups, Format, Schedule
Here is all the information you need to know about the teams, dates and format for the men\'s hockey tournament at the 2014 Sochi Olympics:

If you remember the format that the International Ice Hockey Federation followed for the men's hockey tournament at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics then the following simply will be a refresher. However, if you can't recall that tournament or the format, then we've got you covered.

Here is all the information you need to know about the teams, dates and format for the men's hockey tournament at the 2014 Sochi Olympics:

2014 Winter Olympics

TEAMS

Group A: Russia (RUS), Slovakia (SVK), United States (USA), Slovenia (SLO)

Group B: Finland (FIN), Canada (CAN), Norway (NOR), Austria (AUT)

Group C: Czech Republic (CZE), Sweden (SWE), Switzerland (SUI), Latvia (LAT)

DATES

Preliminary round: Feb. 12-16

Qualification playoff: Feb. 18

Quarterfinals: Feb. 19

Semifinals: Feb. 21

Bronze medal game: Feb. 22

Gold-medal game: Feb. 23

PRELIMINARY ROUND

This is group play so each country will play every country in their group once, equaling three games per country and 18 games in total.

The IIHF follows a three-point system per game. Teams will receive three points for a win in regulation and zero points for a regulation loss. Each team receives one point if the game goes to overtime and a second point is awarded to the team that wins in the five-minute overtime or the shootout.

The top four teams based on where they finish in the group and highest number of points in the preliminary round will receive byes into the quarterfinals and be considered the home team in that round. The IIHF will refer to the four teams as 1D, 2D, 3D and 4D.

The tie-breaking procedure can come down to goal-differential, higher numbers of goals-for, and finally which country had a better 2013 IIHF world ranking.

QUALIFICATION PLAYOFF

The bottom eight teams will play in the qualification playoff with the winners moving on to the quarterfinals. The teams are ranked 5-12 based on how they finished in the preliminary round and referred to as 5D, 6D, 7D, 8D, 9D, 10D, 11D and 12D. The games are referred to as E1 through E4:

E1: 5D vs. 12D

E2: 6D vs. 11D

E3: 7D vs. 10D

E4: 8D vs. 9D

The four winning teams move on to the quarterfinals; the four losing teams will be ranked 9-12 according to their ranking after the preliminary round.

QUARTERFINALS

These games are referred to as F1 through F4 and the four teams that had byes based on their performance in the preliminary round (1D, 2D, 3D and 4D) are considered the home teams:

F1: 1D vs. winner of Qualification Playoff Game E4

F2: 2D vs. w/o E3

F3: 3D vs. w/o E2

F4: 4D vs. w/o E1

The winning teams move on to the semifinals; the losing teams are ranked five through eight according to their ranking after the preliminary round.

SEMIFINALS

The winners of the quarterfinals play in the semifinals to determine who plays in the medal round. The winners of the semifinal-round games move onto the gold-medal game; the losers play in the bronze-medal game:

w/o F1 vs. w/o F4

w/o F2 vs. w/o F3

BRONZE-MEDAL GAME

The losers of the semifinal-round games play for the bronze medal Feb. 22.

GOLD-MEDAL GAME

The winners of the semifinal-round games play for the gold-medal Feb. 23.

OVERTIME/SHOOTOUT PROCEDURES

For the preliminary round these are similar to what they are in the NHL; a five-minute overtime session of 4-on-4 play with the teams defending the same end they defended in the third period. If no goal is scored the game moves to a shootout.

The length of the overtime session increases in the playoff rounds.

Overtime will be 10 minutes of sudden-death play in the qualification round, the quarterfinals, semifinals and bronze-medal game. In the gold-medal game a 20-minute sudden death overtime session will commence after a 15-minute break. Teams also will change ends for overtime in the gold-medal game.

The shootout procedure is different from the NHL. In the Olympics coaches can re-use shooters that already have attempted a shot if no winner is determined through the first three rounds of the shootout.

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Author: Dan Rosen | NHL.com Senior Writer

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 35 22 8 5 101 96 49
2 CHI 33 22 9 2 102 67 46
3 STL 33 21 9 3 100 81 45
4 NSH 31 21 8 2 87 64 44
5 SJS 34 19 11 4 97 87 42
6 VAN 32 19 11 2 92 90 40
7 WPG 33 17 10 6 80 76 40
8 LAK 34 17 11 6 94 84 40
9 CGY 35 17 15 3 100 95 37
10 MIN 31 16 12 3 91 84 35
11 DAL 31 13 13 5 89 104 31
12 COL 32 11 13 8 83 100 30
13 ARI 32 11 17 4 74 104 26
14 EDM 33 7 20 6 69 110 20

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
L. Couture 34 13 16 4 29
J. Thornton 34 8 21 2 29
J. Pavelski 34 15 13 5 28
P. Marleau 34 7 20 -1 27
B. Burns 34 10 16 -2 26
T. Wingels 34 9 14 1 23
T. Hertl 34 7 7 -3 14
J. Braun 34 1 12 7 13
M. Vlasic 33 4 6 12 10
J. Sheppard 28 4 6 0 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 4 3 1 .926 2.12
A. Niemi 14 7 3 .917 2.42
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