By virtue of defeating Canada on Sunday night, the United States not only won their group but also clinched the top overall seed in the Olympic playoffs. The US was allegedly undersized and didn’t have as much fire power as Russia or Canada, but the US tied Canada for the most goals scored in the round-robin portion of the tournament (14). The US also had the best goal differential as a team in the three games to date (+9) in the entire field.
In the first round of the Olympic playoffs, the Blackhawks will be represented in two games on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Canada will face Germany at 6:30 pm. The caffeine game will once again feature Marian Hossa, Tomas Kopecky and Slovakia as they play Norway. The puck is scheduled to drop at 10:55 pm in Chicago for the latest game on the ice Tuesday.
Both Canada vs. Germany (6:30) and Slovakia vs. Norway (10:55) will air on CNBC.
Patrick Kane and the United States will face the winner of Switzerland vs. Belarus on Wed. Feb. 24. In the preliminary rounds of the tournament, the US defeated Jonas Hiller and Switzerland 3-1.
If Canada gets past Germany, they will play Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Russia. If Hossa, Kopecky and Slovakia get past Norway, they will face Sweden.
Based on how the seeding has lined up the brackets, the United States will not face Canada or Russia until the gold medal game. They would, however, need to beat the Czech Republic to advance to the gold medal game.