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  1. Sticky: Finally a game shown here in the states! But not...

    Finally a game shown here in the states! But not much at stake in terms of Olympic qualification. The Swiss are in as long as they don't lose by more than 15 goals.
  2. Sticky: [QUOTE=cohiba;227800] I wasn't counting on...

    I wasn't counting on Denmark beating Latvia :) That result not only qualified Norway into the Olympics, but it gave Germany somewhat of a second chance. Now they need to man up against the Czechs,...
  3. Sticky: USA clinches the sixth Olympic spot, and now it...

    USA clinches the sixth Olympic spot, and now it gets interesting for the last 3 spots. Norway and Slovakia can each clinch by making the quarterfinals. Switzerland will probably edge Germany on...
  4. Sticky: The Czechs are the fifth team to achieve Olympic...

    The Czechs are the fifth team to achieve Olympic qualification by shutting out Italy. USA can clinch Saturday with losses by Norway and Germany.
  5. Sticky: Russia is the second team to achieve Olympic...

    Russia is the second team to achieve Olympic qualification, with their win over Denmark. With Finland's win over France, both Finland and Canada are qualified for the Olympics. The Czechs can be...
  6. Sticky: Agreed, 14th place is what is needed for both...

    Agreed, 14th place is what is needed for both Sweden and Finland. But there are enough games left that SVK, SUI, USA, BLR and FRA could all end up with more than 9 points (simultaneously) with FIN...
  7. Sticky: Not sure if this has been posted elsewhere, but...

    Not sure if this has been posted elsewhere, but congrats to Sweden on achieving Olympic qualification by defeating Germany. Finland can do likewise with at least a single point against France.
  8. (My apologies if this has been addressed...

    (My apologies if this has been addressed elsewhere)

    Russia is the only team that can earn enough points to qualify for the Olympics this year in Bratislava--and can only do so by running the...
  9. USA will be the second team to qualify on points...

    USA will be the second team to qualify on points for 2014 Olympics (in addition to Canada which qualified Wednesday) if USA defeats Russia.

    USA's minimum possible ranking points is 2705, equal...
  10. Canada will be the first team to qualify for 2014...

    Canada will be the first team to qualify for 2014 Olympics (other than the Russian hosts) if Russia defeats Slovakia.

    Canada's minimum possible ranking points is 2715 while Slovakia's maximum is...
  11. Poll: Ukraine ends up eliminated by that empty-net...

    Ukraine ends up eliminated by that empty-net goal. If the final had been 3-2, Ukraine still could have won the group if Italy defeats Latvia in regulation by 2-1 or 1-0 (and possibly even 3-2).
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    Thanks Karsten! So head-to-head was not used...

    Thanks Karsten!

    So head-to-head was not used until later...

    But the hockeycanada site indicates that goal ratio was used, not goal difference. If goal ratio is used, then Canada would take...
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    Tiebreaker decisions--Olympics

    I'm looking for any information on the history of tiebreakers, and how they affected the Olympic tournaments, mostly in the controversial years 1952 and 1964, but also in 1932, 1948 and 1976.

    In...
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    The IHWC will not go to 12 or fewer teams because...

    The IHWC will not go to 12 or fewer teams because there's an unwritten rule that any sport's WC must have more teams than the Olympic tournament for that sport.

    The question of going from 16 to...
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    Belarus is 9th to qualify for Olympics

    Belarus qualifies for the 2010 Olympics due to Canada's 8-2 win over Norway. Belarus is the last team to directly qualify. They will be seeded 9th for the Olympics, Slovakia 8th. Top 7 order still...
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    The ranking of the teams involved in the...

    The ranking of the teams involved in the relegation round (13-14 and 15-16) will most likely be determined by the performance in the preliminary round. This would be consistent with similar rulings....
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    Olympic possibilities for Norway

    At the very least, Norway has clinched hosting rights for an Olympic qualifying tournament by finishing in the top 12.

    If as expected, they lose to Canada, the world rankings would be:

    9. BLR...
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    Alas, Denmark has won in OT and eliminated...

    Alas, Denmark has won in OT and eliminated themselves from home ice in the Olympic qualifying. Germany will now get the home tournament.
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    With Denmark's game in OT vs. BLR, they would now...

    With Denmark's game in OT vs. BLR, they would now be better off losing. Yikes! Denmark will finish last in the group. So now they need Belarus to finish ahead of Norway, assuming Latvia def....
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    Still lots of possibilities! Denmark needs to...

    Still lots of possibilities! Denmark needs to finish at least 2 places ahead of Germany or not more than one place behind Norway, assuming Norway misses QF.
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    Olympic qualification

    Switzerland and Slovakia qualify for the Olympics simultaneously, as the Swiss defeat Denmark May 11. Both teams are guaranteed of finishing ahead of BLR, GER, DEN and NOR.

    The one last...
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    2010 Olympics Qualification

    Russia became the 5th team to qualify for Vancouver 2010 by defeating the Czechs, 5-4, in OT on May 4. All Russia needed to do in this tournament was avoid 16th place.

    USA became the 6th team to...
  23. Poll: Amazingly, Luxembourg - North Korea no score...

    Amazingly, Luxembourg - North Korea no score after two periods. Shots 37-12 in favor of North Korea.
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    I apologize if this has been already addressed in...

    I apologize if this has been already addressed in another thread...

    But does anyone know about preliminary competition(s) to be held prior to pre-qualifying?

    This would apparently involve teams...
  25. Poll: Last year, Armenia received a zero, as did DPR...

    Last year, Armenia received a zero, as did DPR Korea. I would expect the same this year for Armenia.

    BIH will receive 47th place.
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    Sticky: If ranking points are tied, what happens?

    Such is the case this year with Ukraine/Kazakhstan, Israel/Australia, and Luxembourg/Ireland.

    I've tried to give more weight to the newest event, less weight to the newest event, more weight to...
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    Yes, If Korea were the host in 2014, they would...

    Yes, If Korea were the host in 2014, they would certainly take option B and the #12 seed. Austria would have done the same, rather than repeat the embarrassment of 2005. Since Russia will be the...
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    The host nation has the option of A....

    The host nation has the option of

    A. Qualifying like everyone else and receiving an accurate seeding number

    or B. Qualifying automatically and receiving the #12 seed.

    For Torino 2006, Italy...
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    Canada is 4th team to qualify

    Canada qualifies for the 2010 Olympics by defeating Sweden on Saturday.

    Russia had a chance to qualify also, but fell to Finland in OT and must wait until next year's tournament.

    For next...
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    Finland is 3rd team to qualify for 2010 Olympics

    With Jere Lehtinen's goal in the shootout to defeat the USA on Thursday, Finland earns a minimum of 825 Olympic points in this tournament. Even with the minimum 820 next year, the total score of...
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    Czech Republic is 2nd team to qualify for Vancouver 2010

    With Canada's win Thursday over Switzerland, the Czech Republic clinches 7th place in the tournament and earns 765 Olympic points (1020 x .75). Even if they get the minimum 820 next year, their...
  32. Poll: Good news lator! The shot deflected off the...

    Good news lator! The shot deflected off the ref's posterior would not count, according to Rule 471-a-3. :) However your point is well taken!
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    15 teams have clinched a spot in the top 18: ...

    15 teams have clinched a spot in the top 18:

    SWE, CZE, FIN, RUS, CAN, SVK, USA, SUI, BLR, LAT, GER, DEN, ITA, NOR and SLO.

    Teams on the bubble: UKR, KAZ and AUT

    Teams that could move up: ...
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    Sweden is 1st to qualify for Vancouver 2010

    With the CZE-CAN game going to overtime, Germany is eliminated from 2007 WC and cannot makeup their point difference with Sweden. Even if Sweden finished 7th place this year and 16th place next...
  35. Poll: We waited two and a half weeks for the answer to...

    We waited two and a half weeks for the answer to how the IIHF deals with the odd situation that took place in Division II Group B due to North Korea's withdrawal, as the point totals have finally...
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    Olympic points update

    (points are reduced according to IIHF formula)

    26. ROM 1210 pts
    27. CHN 1150
    28. CRO 1150
    29. GBR 965
    30. SER 945
    31. BUL 930
    32. KOR 785
    33. ISR 770
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    Colin Shield's absence from the National Team

    Britain can clinch a top-30 position for Olympic qualification with a win or OT loss vs. Romania.

    A 5th-place finish in the group would give them at least 935 pts. (reduced according to the IIHF...
  38. Poll: Oops... I meant as compared to group A in...

    Oops... I meant as compared to group A in Croatia... not Slovenia (my bad!)... I fixed the earlier post...
  39. Poll: Anyone know if the IIHF will prorate these...

    Anyone know if the IIHF will prorate these results when comparing them with Group A in Croatia? It seems that all Group B results should be multiplied by a factor of 1.25 due to the withdrawal of...
  40. Poll: OK, thanks Hungarian Fan!

    OK, thanks Hungarian Fan!
  41. Poll: Any update on Croatia vs. Serbia? The IIHF...

    Any update on Croatia vs. Serbia? The IIHF decision keeps Croatia on target for the maximum ranking points. They should be able to exceed Korea's goal difference of +24.
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    OK, I reluctantly acknowledge the "gel" theory,...

    OK, I reluctantly acknowledge the "gel" theory, but I still lament the relative unimportance of the group stage.

    By the way, what was the reason for Great Britain's non-participation in qualifying...
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    The group phase now will be played only for the...

    The group phase now will be played only for the potentially hollow reward of playing one less game than a team's quarterfinal opponents. No one will be in danger of elimination in the group phase,...
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