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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:
By Dan Rosen | NHL.com

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:

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.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 33 21 7 5 97 89 47
2 CHI 32 22 9 1 100 64 45
3 STL 31 21 8 2 94 72 44
4 NSH 30 20 8 2 81 59 42
5 VAN 31 18 11 2 89 88 38
6 SJS 32 17 11 4 90 82 38
7 WPG 32 16 10 6 78 75 38
8 LAK 32 15 11 6 84 78 36
9 CGY 33 17 14 2 97 90 36
10 MIN 30 16 12 2 86 78 34
11 DAL 30 12 13 5 87 103 29
12 COL 30 10 13 7 78 98 27
13 ARI 31 11 16 4 72 100 26
14 EDM 32 7 19 6 66 106 20

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 32 10 24 6 34
R. Kesler 33 11 15 0 26
S. Vatanen 33 9 15 2 24
C. Perry 23 14 8 11 22
M. Beleskey 33 14 3 11 17
C. Fowler 32 3 14 0 17
J. Silfverberg 33 4 12 6 16
H. Lindholm 33 3 11 10 14
P. Maroon 25 2 12 -6 14
D. Smith-Pelly 30 4 7 1 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 17 5 4 .912 2.46

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