Olympic Men’s Hockey: Analyzing Each Weekend Game’s Impact

February 20th, 2010 by Mark Jones Leave a reply »
Olympic Men's Ice Hockey has now gotten through two-thirds of their group stage, where 12 teams separated into three groups of four each play three games with the top four receiving a bye in the upcoming playoffs where one loss means the end of the road to a medal.

But the last two days of the first of the two rounds are concluding this weekend, and bringing us some of the most exciting games possible despite a first round plagued, so far, with boring, decisive routs.

It's going to be an interesting weekend.

First, it's important to clarify how Olympic Ice Hockey is formatted. Like I said earlier, there are three groups of four teams each, and each squad plays the other three teams in their sector once in the first stage.

As many of you already know, a regulation win is worth three points in the standings, an overtime win worth two points, an overtime loss worth one point, and a regulation loss worth zero points.

The teams are then ranked in order, first through twelfth (if several teams are tied in points, goals difference is used), heading into the first single-elimination round. The top four teams (determined irrelevant o ...

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