The round robin portion of the Winter Olympics Hockey Tournament will end today and we will know who is moving onto the quarter-finals and who will have to fight through another game to get there.
Of course, the biggest question about this tournament is: who will win the Olympic Gold Medal?
There have already been a few teams that have looked like they will be top contenders. Then there have been teams that failed to meet expectations.
The United States seems to be the team with the best offense this tournament with the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Phil Kessel leading the tournament in points.If they keep this up, they definitely have a chance of returning to the Gold Medal Game after making it there in 2010.
Canada hasn’t looked dominant, but currently stand 2-0, playing their final round robin today against Finland. Speaking of Finland, they are also 2-0 so this game today will decide who is going to the quarter-finals.
The host team, Russia, hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire. They are 2-1, with two of their games being decided by a shootout. If Russia’s offense doesn’t start dominating teams like they can, they could be in for an early exit.
Switzerland has also proven to be a good team this Olympics as well, going 2-1. What’s amazing about them is that all three of their games were decided by a 1-0 score. The only team they lost to was Sweden, having beat Latvia and the Czech Republic. The two goals they scored won’t help them in the eventual tiebreaker as goal differential and goals scored are two of the tiebreakers in the Olympics.
There have been a few teams that have staked a claim to the being the best in this tournament. Which of them will be the best when it counts the most?