Afternoon, hockey fans!
There’s a break in the action for men’s hockey in Sochi today, so I figured I would swing by and get everyone caught up on where the teams stand as they prepare for the medal round! Thanks to Michael Castillo of Fansided for providing this bracket!
As you can see, Sweden (led by Henrik Lundqvist and Erik Karlsson) is seeded number one headed into the medal round due to the fact that it was the only team in win every game in regulation. The US and Canada, both undefeated as well, required a shootout and overtime to win against Russia and Finland, respectively, earning the 2nd and 3rd seed and a bye, as well.
Meanwhile, the Russians find themselves in a surprising win-or-go-home situation against Norway tomorrow. If Alex Ovechkin and company can win their qualifying game, the home town team will squeak its way into the medal round and face 4th-seeded Finland. While this clearly is not the position the highly-touted Russians were hoping to find themselves in after three games, the good news is that they are still alive and have a manageable path to the gold medal game should they get hot. After all, Sweden had the easiest Group to navigate during the preliminary round. Of course, having Lundqvist in between the pipes is a huge advantage for the Swedes, but I would still say that the Russians are the team with the third-best chance of bringing home the gold in these Olympics, followed by Team Canada and Team USA, in that order.
I’d love to hear what you think of the action so far, so leave your comments below of fire them off to me @theamazingMrS on twitter! USA! USA!