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Here’s what’s riding on the Canada-Finland game

Feb 16, 2014, 10:59 AM EST

Canada forward Sidney Crosby warms up before a men's ice hockey game against Austria at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) AP

Canada and Finland will play in the final game of the group stage at noon ET — here’s what’s at stake:

If Canada wins in regulation: The team moves into first place and receives a bye to the quarterfinals (will have better goal differential than Sweden, regardless of score.)

If Finland loses by six goals or less, it will finish fourth and also receive a bye.

Qalification round games would be:

No. 5 Russia vs. No. 12 Norway (winner plays Finland)
No. 6 Switzerland vs. No. 11 Latvia (winner plays U.S.)
No. 7 Czech Republic vs. No. 10 Slovakia (winner plays Sweden)
No. 8 Slovenia vs. No. 9 Austria (winner plays Canada)

If Finland loses by more than six goals, it would drop to No. 5 and Russia would move up, and get the bye. (If Finland loses by nine it would be surpassed by Switzerland, but the chances of that happening are slim to none… so let’s not go there.)

If Canada wins in OT/shootout: Canada will move into third place (Sweden will finish first with nine points; U.S. will finish second based on greater goal differential.)

Finland would finish fourth, meaning…

No. 5 Russia vs. No. 12 Norway (winner plays Finland)
No. 6 Switzerland vs. No. 11 Latvia (winner plays Canada)
No. 7 Czech Republic vs. No. 10 Slovakia (winner plays U.S.)
No. 8 Slovenia vs. No. 9 Austria (winner plays Sweden)

If Finland wins in regulation: Finland goes tops (regardless of score), Sweden second, U.S. third, Canada fourth.

(Unless Canada loses by six or more, in which case it is surpassed by the Russians… or eight or more, in which case Switzerland gets in the mix as well. Again, both very unlikely scenarios).

Meaning…

No. 5 Russia vs. No. 12 Norway (winner plays Canada)
No. 6 Switzerland vs. No. 11 Latvia (winner plays U.S.)
No. 7 Czech Republic vs. No. 10 Slovakia (winner plays Sweden)
No. 8 Slovenia vs. No. 9 Austria (winner plays Finland)

If Finland wins in OT/shootout: The Americans would have the Finns on goal differential, so it’d be Sweden first, U.S. second, Finland third and Canada fourth.

Meaning…

No. 5 Russia vs. No. 12 Norway (winner plays Canada)
No. 6 Switzerland vs. No. 11 Latvia (winner plays Finland)
No. 7 Czech Republic vs. No. 10 Slovakia (winner plays U.S.)
No. 8 Slovenia vs. No. 9 Austria (winner plays Sweden)

  1. lowenni - Feb 16, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Yeah I didn’t follow any of that.

    • blomfeld - Feb 16, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      WELL I GOT !

      Friend, what PHT is trying to say is basically as follows …

      If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
      Or walk with LA Kings—nor lose the common touch,
      If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
      If all men count with you, but none too much;
      If you can fill the unforgiving minute
      With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
      Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
      And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son ! :)

      • isithockeyseasonyet - Feb 16, 2014 at 11:47 AM

        You are a tool, friend

      • blomfeld - Feb 16, 2014 at 2:22 PM

        “You are a tool” …

        Listen you anti-social parasite … first of all the NHL season started in early October, so get with the program eh ? … and secondly, if I’m a ‘tool’ as you say, then that would make me a ‘hammer’ and you a lowly nail ! … so either start talking some sense here or go fly a kite !

      • therooneyskilledwebster - Feb 16, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        I like parades.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 16, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      The loser gets Russia in the quarters is all that needs to be said.

  2. sjsblitz - Feb 16, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    If your rooting for U.S you basically dont want Canada to win in regulation or we will more than likely have to play Switzerland next

    • sjsblitz - Feb 16, 2014 at 11:27 AM

      or actually any win in general between FIN-CAN would more than likely result in us playing the Swiss

      • classicfinder - Feb 16, 2014 at 11:44 AM

        Swiss is good, but can be a baby on occasion. Also, I heard their goalie is full of holes.

  3. chunkala - Feb 16, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Wouldn’t we rather face the Swiss that teams packed with NHL stars?

    • ejbigg - Feb 16, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      The Swiss are a real tough team, through three games they’ve let up a grand total of one goal. I’d much rather the US faces the Czech-Slovakia winner and at least makes the semis (most likely).

      • paperlions - Feb 16, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        They’ve also scored a grand total of 2 goals while playing the powerhouses of Latvia and the Czech Republic.

        It isn’t a team that generates a lot of offense even against mediocre teams.

  4. statsdolie - Feb 16, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Really would prefer the game go to overtime or shootout

  5. thesportsguru7 - Feb 16, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    In order to be the best team in the world, you sure as hell better be able to beat any team you play, no matter what matchup you get.

  6. rdillon99 - Feb 16, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    I’m hoping for a regulation win for Canada to avoid a meeting with the Russians in the quarter finals

  7. imgoingtowichita - Feb 16, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    “WELL I GOT !” Please explain then ‘hammer’

    • blomfeld - Feb 16, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      have a safe journey to Kansas friend and God speed …

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