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Quarter-final decision on New Year’s Eve

Published 30.12.2014 23:47 GMT-5 | Author Martin Merk
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Finland and Germany play a winner-takes-it-all game to reach the quarter-finals. Two years ago in their last encounter Finland won 8-0. Photo: Richard Wolowicz / HHOF-IIHF Images
Going into the final day of the preliminary round, the battle for playoffs seeding is still tight, with no teams eliminated yet.

In Group A Canada, the United States, and Slovakia are already qualified. Canada and the U.S. will battle it out for first place while Slovakia finished the group in third place.

Finland and Germany will have a head-to-head battle for fourth place and the last berth in the quarter-finals for the Montreal-based teams. The loser will have to play in the best-of-three relegation series in Toronto against the bottom team of the other group.

Sweden is already the winner of Group B in Toronto and will play its quarter-final game at the same venue against Finland or Germany. Russia is also qualified for the quarter-finals, and its final position in the group will depend on the game against the Czech Republic. The Czechs (in the last game against Russia), Switzerland (in the last game against Sweden) and Denmark (which has played all of its games) will battle for the two remaining spots in the quarter-finals.

Switzerland needs at least one point from its game against Sweden to qualify, meaning a win or at least a tie after 60 minutes. If the Swiss lose in regulation time they need to hope that Russia defeats the Czech Republic or reaches a tie after 60 minutes.

The Czechs need a win in regulation time against Russia to make it to the quarter-finals without assistance. A win in overtime/shootout will work too for the Czechs if Switzerland wins the game against Sweden or loses it in overtime/shootout. In case of a three-team tie scenario with four points for the Czechs, Denmark and Switzerland, Switzerland and Denmark would advance due to the better record in the head-to-head games.

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Denmark has played all games and can only cheer on the other teams at Air Canada Centre. The Danes will make the quarter-finals if Sweden beats Switzerland in regulation time in the early game or if Russia wins against the Czech Republic in the late game.

The quarter-finals will be played cross-over on 2nd January. In Toronto group winner Sweden will play the early game (15:00) and Canada the late game (20:00). Team USA will stay in Montreal for its quarter-final game. The game between the second-ranked team of Group B and Slovakia will also be played in Montreal. The quarter-final pairings will be known with the conclusion of the group stage on New Year’s Eve.


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