Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/21/10 at 10:20 AM ET
from Andrew Podnieks at IIHF.com,
Of course, it won’t be until later tonight we can definitely answer this question, but it might be that today is the single greatest day in Olympic hockey history (to this point). Three games. Three rivalries. Six teams that all want to win. Olympic hockey does not get better than this.
Credit must be given first and foremost to this new tournament format to create the first of three “super days” in a row. A quick summary shows the strengths of the new format. Three groups of four teams each play a round robin within each group. This is nothing new. But then all teams are placed in one standings of 12 teams. The top four receive byes directly to the quarter-finals, while teams seeded fifth through twelfth must face off against each other for the other four spots in the quarters.
This is the key element to the structure. Of course, the three top teams in each group will all get byes, but that fourth team could come from any group. The cynic might say the format is weak because no team is eliminated in the preliminary round. BUT, winning every game in this round is critical, and the format demands every team try to win every game by as many goals as possible, which is ideal.
continued plus a look at the games today…
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