Note: Record is displayed as W-OTW-OTL-L
As a reminder, here is how the seeding for the knockout portion of the tournament is decided.
- Teams are seeded based on order of finish in their groups. The 3 first place teams get the top 3 seeds, then the 2nd place teams, 3rd place teams and so forth.
- Teams receive 3 points for a regulation win, 2 for an OT/Shootout win and 1 for an OT/Shootout loss.
- Amongst each set of teams that finished in the same place, they are seeded based on points.
- Any ties on points are broken by Goal Differential, Goals Scored, then IIHF World Ranking.
The bottom of the bracket is already decided:
7. Czech Republic
The Czechs will play Slovakia and Austria will play Slovenia in the opening round. Latvia will play the #6 seed and Norway will play the #5 seed
Here are the two scenarios in play for the Canada-Finland game:
If Canada-Finland ends in regulation
- The winner will be the #1 seed
- Sweden will be the #2 seed
- The USA will be the #3 seed
- The loser will be the #4 seed unless:
- If Canada wins by 7 or 8, Russia will be the #4 seed Finland the #5 seed and Switzerland the #6 seed
- If Canada wins by 9 or more, Russia will be the #4 seed, Switzerland the #5 seed and Finland the #6 seed
- If Finland wins by 5, 6 or 7, Russia will be the #4 seed, Canada the #5 seed and Switzerland the #6 seed
- If Finland wins by 8 or more, Russia will be the #4 seed, Switzerland the #5 seed and Canada the #6 seed.
If Canada-Finland ends in Overtime
- Sweden will be the #1 seed
- The USA will be the #2 seed
- The winner will be the #3 seed
- The loser will be the #4 seed
- Russia will be the #5 seed
- Switzerland will be the #6 seed
What does this mean for the US? As the #2 or #3 seed, the US will not have to face Russia (the #4 or #5 seed) until the medal round. The US would likely perfer to see Canada on the other half of the bracket (either as the #1 or #4 seed) which is possible if the Canada-Finland game ends in regulation. Additionally, this gives the US a relatively easy path to the semi-finals.