Olympic Hockey 2014: Biggest Takeaways from Qualification Playoffs

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Olympic Hockey 2014: Biggest Takeaways from Qualification Playoffs
Petr David Josek/Associated Press

The matchups for the 2014 Winter Olympic Ice Hockey Quarterfinals are set, and fans are closer and closer to seeing medals awarded. The matchups during the qualification playoffs featured some surprises, and it showcased some teams who were simply taking care of business.

Team Russia dispatched Norway, Slovenia upset Austria, Latvia surprised Switzerland and the Czechs narrowly passed Slovakia with a 5-3 win.

With that in mind, here are the biggest takeaways from the qualification playoffs.

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