2010 Olympic Hockey Primer

By , February 14, 2010 4:41 pm
Olympic Primer... OK, lame joke..

Olympic Primer... OK, lame joke..

Here’s a few bits of information you’ll need to know about this year’s Olympic Hockey games.

For starters, we already covered the Olympic hockey roster for the major teams. Those are available here: 2010 Olympic Hockey Rosters.

Here is some more info useful to you folks…

GROUPINGS

Group A Group B Group C
CAN CAN RUS RUS SWE SWE
USA USA CZE CZE FIN FIN
SUI SUI SVK SVK BLR BLR
NOR NOR LAT LAT GER GER

SCHEDULING

Note: These times are local times – as in PST (if you live in Edmonton, add an hour to the time). For MST, add one hour, CST add 2 hours, EST, add 3 hours. For anywhere else, follow this simple equation: # of hours to add = the product of all letters in your countries name (where A=1,… Z=26, etc), divided by the population of your country, multiplied by 23/9, minus the sum of the last 10 Lotto 6/49 draws.

Preliminary Round

Date Time (PST) Home Visitor
Feb 16, 2010 (Tue) 12:00 USA USA SUI SUI
Feb 16, 2010 (Tue) 16:30 CAN CAN NOR NOR
Feb 16, 2010 (Tue) 21:00 RUS RUS LAT LAT
Feb 17, 2010 (Wed) 12:00 FIN FIN BLR BLR
Feb 17, 2010 (Wed) 16:30 SWE SWE GER GER
Feb 17, 2010 (Wed) 21:00 CZE CZE SVK SVK
Feb 18, 2010 (Thu) 12:00 USA USA NOR NOR
Feb 18, 2010 (Thu) 16:30 SUI SUI CAN CAN
Feb 18, 2010 (Thu) 21:00 SVK SVK RUS RUS
Feb 19, 2010 (Fri) 12:00 BLR BLR SWE SWE
Feb 19, 2010 (Fri) 16:30 CZE CZE LAT LAT
Feb 19, 2010 (Fri) 21:00 FIN FIN GER GER
Feb 20, 2010 (Sat) 12:00 NOR NOR SUI SUI
Feb 20, 2010 (Sat) 16:30 LAT LAT SVK SVK
Feb 20, 2010 (Sat) 21:00 GER GER BLR BLR
Feb 21, 2010 (Sun) 12:00 RUS RUS CZE CZE
Feb 21, 2010 (Sun) 16:40 CAN CAN USA USA
Feb 21, 2010 (Sun) 21:00 SWE SWE FIN FIN

Qualification Playoff

Date Time (PST) Home Visitor
Feb 23, 2010 (Tue) 13:00 SUI SUI BLR BLR
Feb 23, 2010 (Tue) 17:30 CAN CAN GER GER
Feb 23, 2010 (Tue) 20:00 CZE CZE LAT LAT
Feb 23, 2010 (Tue) 22:00 SVK SVK NOR NOR

Quarterfinal

Date Time (PST) Home Visitor
Feb 24, 2010 (Wed) 13:00 USA USA SUI SUI
Feb 24, 2010 (Wed) 17:30 RUS RUS CAN CAN
Feb 24, 2010 (Wed) 20:00 FIN FIN CZE CZE
Feb 24, 2010 (Wed) 22:00 SWE SWE SVK SVK

Semifinal

Date Time (PST) Home Visitor
Feb 26, 2010 (Fri) 13:00 USA USA FIN FIN
Feb 26, 2010 (Fri) 19:30 CAN CAN SVK SVK

Bronze Medal Game

Date Time (PST) Home Visitor
Feb 27, 2010 (Sat) 20:00 FIN FIN SVK SVK

Gold Medal Game

Date Time (PST) Home Visitor
Feb 28, 2010 (Sun) 13:15 USA USA CAN CAN

The gold medal final will take place Feb 28th (Sunday) at Noon. The Bronze game will go on Saturday, Feb 27th at 7:00 PM PST.

Here are some notes from the IIHF website regarding how the qualification playoffs, quarter-final and medal round works:

  • At the conclusion of the 18-game Preliminary Round, all 12 teams will be ranked in a joint ranking “D”. This ranking will be used for seeding the teams in the Qualification Playoff games and will used for calculating the Final Ranking at the conclusion of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games Men’s Tournament.
  • After the Preliminary Round, 1D, 2D, 3D and 4D will receive a bye into the Quarter-finals and will be named as the Home Team for their Quarter-final pairing.
  • The Qualification Playoff games will be played with the following match-ups (Group E):
    • 5D – 12D (Winner will become E1)
    • 6D – 11D (Winner will become E2)
    • 7D – 10D (Winner will become E3)
    • 8D – 9D (Winner will become E4)
  • The four winning teams of the Qualification Playoff games will advance to the Quarter-final Round. The four losing teams of the Qualification Playoff games will be ranked 9 through 12 according to their ranking after the Preliminary Round.
  • The Quarter-final Games will be played with the following match-ups (Group F):
    • 1D – E4 (Winner will become F1)
    • 2D – E3 (Winner will become F2)
    • 3D – E2 (Winner will become F3)
    • 4D – E1 (Winner will become F4)
  • The Semi-Final games will be played with the following match-ups. The home team will be the higher ranked team as determined at the completion of the Preliminary Round (Group D):
    • F1 – F4
    • F2 – F3

There’s some good Olympic-related blog posts over on Low On Oil as well that you may want to check out:
USA Roster Eval

Canada Roster Eval

We’ll try and put up some GDT’s for the Canada games here as they happen. I know we’ve got a few people scattered about the world that visit this site, so apologies for the Canadian-bias, but this site is based here in Canada ;) Special apologies to the Russian spammers that sign up on a daily basis. :P

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18 Responses to “2010 Olympic Hockey Primer”

  1. Hockey Noob says:

    Hey Racki,

    It’s going to be great to get a reprieve from this NHL season, isn’t it?

    Like with the WJC, it feels weird cheering for a talented team, lol.

  2. Racki says:

    haha yah good point. Personally though I’m just anxiously waiting for the NHL season to end. It’ll be nice when we figure out where we’re drafting. Although right now i’d have to say that at worst we’ll have pick #3, and that will be if someone skips ahead of us via the lottery. Carolina is on a good streak now and pulling ahead. So it’s just us and Toronto on Loser Island now. They may give us a run for our money for 30th.

    But yah, it will be good to watch some GOOD hockey finally ;)

  3. chucker says:

    This will be a great couple weeks of hockey. It’s also the busiest two weeks of the year for me. Oh well, I’ll see most anyways thanks to PVR.

    I agree; It is going to be nice to have some really excellent and competative hockey to watch similar the the WJC. Much better than an all-star break that’s for sure.

  4. Racki says:

    Yah its too bad that we won’t see NHLers next winter games… although maybe that won’t be so bad. It’s been a while since we haven’t had NHLers at the games. I remember watching them back then, but I don’t remember how exciting the hockey was, to be honest. I would guess it would be like watching the Spengler Cup.

  5. chucker says:

    Racki: Yah its too bad that we won’t see NHLers next winter games… although maybe that won’t be so bad. It’s been a while since we haven’t had NHLers at the games. I remember watching them back then, but I don’t remember how exciting the hockey was, to be honest. I would guess it would be like watching the Spengler Cup.

    I have a feeling we’ll see NHL players there. This is all about the transfer agreements that need to be put back in place. Nobody will stop the Russians from playing in their own games regardless of NHL/KHL contracts and I would guess the same with most Europeans as well. Bettman will have to cave on this I expect. I would bet that the NHLPA wants it’s players there too.

  6. gr8one says:

    Racki: Yah its too bad that we won’t see NHLers next winter games…

    Really?

    I knew it was a possibility that thing smight change but I didn’t know it was official or even close to be a certainty that there wouldn’t be NHL’ers there. That sucks.

    When I think about it, that could end up having a huge impact on the nhl considering a lot of Euro players consider Olympic gold as the holy grail of hockey rather than the Stanly cup, and if leagues like the SEL and KHL allow their players to play, I could honestly imagine a lot of Euro players opting to play over there just for the opportunity to play in the Olympics, or somehow structuring their NHL contracts in 3 year increments than go play overseas for a season.

  7. Racki says:

    Yah its not certain at all, you’re right. I would hope that won’t happen, but just going under the assumption that it will.

  8. neufab says:

    I still don’t think Pronger is not fast enough to be on this team. He gets beat wide quite easily. I think he’s over-rated and has typically had another partner to make him look good, ie. Niedermayer, and Spacek. Sure he’ll have that here, but they should have picked Green or Robidas. Pronger was better when he could clutch and grab. AND I just don’t like him.

  9. Racki says:

    I haven’t watched Pronger at all this year, so can’t comment on how he plays this year, but completely disagree about when he was here. He may be slow, but he has huge reach, and uses that to his advantage. He was very good at getting back in the play and preventing rushes. I hate the guy, but his hockey skills were always pretty damn good.

  10. neufab says:

    I admit that my dislike for Pronger creates a certain bias, but in any event, I peg him as Canada’s 7th d-man even though that won’t happen. I hate him all the more because Spacek has largely under-appreciated as an Oiler playing under the shadow Pronger’s ego. Nevertheless, Canada is a power house, stacked with all-stars.

    I for one am glad that the Canadian gold medal came as soon as it did. I love the Olympics. It is one of the few sporting events my wife likes to watch with me. My 5 yr old daughter loves the skating events and says she wants a gold medal when she’s “bigger”. ;)

  11. Racki says:

    haha cool, what event will she be in?? :P

  12. gr8one says:

    I’ve never been much of a Pronger fan, even when he was here, and yeas he may be slow, but one thing you can’t forget about Pronger is the intimidation factor, he has the size and mean streak to make make opposing forwards very wary coming into the offensive zone, and that’s an intangible that I really don’t see on any other D-man in the tournament.

  13. neufab says:

    Racki: haha cool, what event will she be in??

    She loves skating and wants to be a figure skater. We’ve got her in ballet at the moment, but she says she wants to “ice dance” and “twirl really fast”. I love her ‘I can do anything’ attitude.

  14. neufab says:

    gr8one: I’ve never been much of a Pronger fan, even when he was here, and yeas he may be slow, but one thing you can’t forget about Pronger is the intimidation factor, he has the size and mean streak to make make opposing forwards very wary coming into the offensive zone, and that’s an intangible that I really don’t see on any other D-man in the tournament.

    Fair point, as long as he keeps it together and doesn’t take stupid penalties. The physical element is important if or when the opponent chooses to engage. He’s still a prick though ;)

    Maybe a debate for another day, but what does Pronger have (other than a winning team and health) that Souray does not? I remember in the late 90′s I hated NJD, and recall Souray being one of those guys who pissed you off when your team played against him. (I’ve kind of liked the Sabres ever since I won a bet against my older brother on the “May Day” OT goal – if I had to pick a team from the east). Five bucks and bragging rights when you’re a kid is all the more special when your older brother is steaming out of his ears :)

  15. gr8one says:

    heh…yeah, he is still a prick, and even though I can see why and make an argument for why he is there, I certainly wouldn’t have complained if he wasn’t.

  16. Racki says:

    Updated with the qualification playoff schedule. If Canada beats Germany, they’ll play Russia at 5:30 (MST) on Wednesday.

  17. Racki says:

    Updated schedule with part of quarterfinal (2 games to be decided yet, tonight).

  18. Racki says:

    Schedule updated…

    US plays Finland on Friday at 1:00PM, MST. Canada will play the winner of the Sweden/Slovakia game. If Sweden wins, they will be the home team. If Slovakia wins, Canada will be the home team.

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