Vancouver 2010 Olympic Mens Hockey: The Seeding Round Gets Interesting

February 21st, 2010 by Scott Weldon Leave a reply »

The top contenders in each of Olympic hockey’s three divisions meet on Sunday to determine who will get the bye through the next round of the playoffs. The four teams with the best records will grab those spots. That means the winners of the Sunday games are assured of making the quarterfinals. They and the loser on Sunday with the best record will get the first round bye.


The point system for this Olympic tournament has a byzantine turn to it that would appeal to any career Canadian bureaucrats convoluted psyche. The fear has to be that the NHL office will soon be adopting this point system to further muddy the already cloudy waters that are the NHL regular season standings.


At these Olympics a team winning a game in regulation receives three points. A team winning a game in overtime or shoot-out gets two points. A team losing such a game gets one point. Luckily they&r ...

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