With everyone in the competition playing 4 games to this point, the Playoff Round of the 2014 IIHF World Championships is starting to become clearer and clearer. Let’s start in Group A:
Team Canada started off the day with their usual dominance as they pushed aside Team Denmark, 6-1. Canada (3-0-1-0) is in 2nd place with 10 points. Denmark stalls at 3 points (1-0-0-3) and is currently in a tie for last. They sit just outside the relegation zone due to goal differential.
Sweden continued their success in the competition, this time edging out France, 2-1. Sweden still has not lost a game (3-1-0-0) and is in 1st place with 11 points. France (1-1-0-2) stays at 5 points and is just outside the Playoff Zone in 5th place.
In Group B, Latvia gave the United States all they could handle as Tim Thomas had yet another abysmal game. Latvia sealed the win in the third period to cement the score at 6-5. With the big win, Latvia is now in second place with 9 points (3-0-0-1). The United States (2-0-0-2) remains in a 3-way tie for 3rd place but are in 4th after goal differential.
Finland continued their resurgence with a 2-0 shutout against Belarus to move themselves into the 3-way tie and take Latvia’s spot. Finland (2-0-0-2) has now won 2 straight. Belarus (2-0-0-2) stalls with the United States in the tie for 3rd at 6 points.
After considering goal differential, the standings are:
3. Finland – +3
4. United States – 0
5. Belarus – -3
(2) Canada vs (T-7) Italy
(1) Sweden vs (6) Slovakia
(T-3) United States vs (8) Kazakhstan
(T-3) Finland vs (7) Switzerland