The qualifying round of the medal tournament begins today with four games.

Brackets

Now that we’re into the medal tournament, we’ll be following a bracket system, as opposed to a point-based standings system.

  • View the brackets and results here

Today’s Schedule

  • Switzerland (8) vs. Belarus (9) – 3:00 EST on USA
  • Canada (6) vs. Germany (11) – 7:30 EST (coverage begins at 8:00) on CNBC
  • Czech Republic (5) vs. Latvia (12) – 10:00 EST on CNBC
  • Slovakia (7) vs. Norway (10) – 12:00 EST (coverage begins at 12:30) on CNBC

Monday’s Results

No games were played Monday as teams transitioned from the preliminary round to the medal tournament.

Crucial Link

  • Dejan Kovacevic: At The Olympics. Kovacevic does a liveblog for each game, then seeks out Penguins and ex-Penguins for post-game interviews. I highly recommend following his first-hand blog.

Betting Odds For The Gold

  • Canada 9/5
  • Russia 11/4
  • USA 7/2
  • Sweden 5/1
  • Finland 11/1
  • Czech Republic 12/1
  • Slovakia 25/1
  • Switzerland 125/1
  • Belarus 500/1
  • Germany 500/1
  • Latvia 950/1
  • Norway 950/1

Source: “Bodog.com”:Bodog.com

Canada Makes Changes

Following a disappointing loss Sunday to Team USA, the Canadians have mixed things up, hoping for a more favorable outcome as the tournament enters the elimination rounds beginning tonight.

  • Roberto Luongo will replace Martin Brodeur in goal.
  • Rick Nash has been removed from Sidney Crosby’s line. The new combination features Jarome Iginla and Eric Staal as the wingers.

GM Burke Thinks USA Could Get Better

“You guys are probably going to be shocked by this, but I’m not happy with the way we’ve played to this point. If that’s how we play, we’re going to have a hard time getting to where we want to get here and medaling.” — Team USA general manager Brian Burke during a press conference, according to NHL.com.

Roenick Apologies For Pre-Olympic Drury Comments

Prior to the Olympics, Jeremy Roenick knocked Team USA’s roster selection of Chris Drury.

Yesterday, Roenick issued an apology, according to Puck Daddy:

“I think being in New York, I owe a huge apology, both in the New York area or across the country, to Chris Drury, who I said probably should not have been there, here in the Olympics. [He’s] been a monster for Team USA. He’s been one of their best players. I’ll eat crow when crow needs to be eaten. This is my national apology to Chris Drury. He’s just been a great, great hockey player.”