As it stands now after the first round, four teams — U.S., Sweden, Russia, Finland — have automatic byes to the quarterfinals. That leaves the eight remaining teams to duke it out on Tuesday to determine who will advance.
The most intriguing matchup will be Canada-Germany, as the winner will go on to face Russia in the quarterfinals. If the Canadians win, they’ll face Russia, meaning one of those two teams won’t medal in this year’s Olympics. The Canada-Russia matchup was widely expected to be the gold-medal game, but that has obviously changed quite a bit.
The rest of the tournament will play out as follows:
Qualifying round, Tuesday, Feb. 23:
Switzerland vs. Belarus, 3 p.m. ET, winner plays United States
Canada vs. Germany, 7:30 p.m., winner plays Russia
Czech Republic vs. Latvia, 10 p.m., winner plays Finland
Slovakia vs. Norway, 12 a.m., winner plays Sweden
Quarterfinal round, Wednesday, Feb. 24:
United States vs. Switzerland/Belarus, 3 p.m.
Finland vs. Czech Republic/Latvia, 7:30 p.m.**
Sweden vs. Slovakia/Norway, 10 p.m.
Russia vs. Canada/Germany, 12 a.m.**
**If Canada beats Germany, the Canada-Russia game will be played at 7 p.m.
Semifinal round, Friday, Feb. 26:
Semifinal game No. 1, 3 p.m.
Semifinal game No. 2, 9:30 p.m.
Bronze-medal game, Saturday, Feb. 27, 10 p.m.
Gold-medal game, Sunday, Feb. 28, 3:15 p.m.
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