Predicting the Group Standings for Ice Hockey at 2014 Winter Olympics

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Predicting the Group Standings for Ice Hockey at 2014 Winter Olympics
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With the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi less than one month away, all 12 nations participating in the men's hockey tournament have announced the 25-man rosters that will carry their nations' hopes.

Now fans can move onto the next stage of analysis—studying the three groups that will make up the round-robin portion of the tournament and predicting who will triumph heading into the medal round.

These are the groupings:

Group A: Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, USA

Group B: Austria, Canada, Finland, Norway

Group C: Czech Republic, Latvia, Sweden, Switzerland

After the round-robin, the top four teams advance to the quarter-final while the other eight play a one-game sudden-death playoff where the four winners move on.

Here's a look at how the teams could stack up at the end of the three-game preliminary round. 

 

All tournament info from IIHF.com.

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