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Noon: The FWC (Fabulous Weekly Chat) and (bonus) men's Olympic hockey sked

 

 

                Rangers win three of four. John Tortorella smiled after last night's game. Sign of the apocalypse? Will trades percolate in Vancouver? Will Rangers grab a D, another forward and a backup tender? How will the Olympic break affect  Henrik Lundqvist and Marian Gaborik? Who's the favorite in men's hockey? Russia? 

               We'll discuss all that and more startin' at noon.  Jump on board or catch the replay later. And remember to join the thousands who follow me for real-time news and comments at twitter.com/stevezipay    

               Due to a previous committment, I won't be attending tonight's Blueshirt Bulletin/NYR Fan Club writer's roundtable in midtown Manhattan, but savvy beat guy Andrew Gross of the Record and Jim Cerny, longtime hockey broadcaster and current NYR blogger, will be there. So fan club members and subscribers should be fully entertained. And please leave the rotten tomatoes at home. They are simply the messengers.

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           Just in case you haven't marked your calendars/Blackberries/PDAs/dayrunners, here's the men's hockey sked in Vancouver (All times Pacific, so add three hours for New York, etc: What? Think you had President's Day off without a math assignment?)

 

Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 16

  • 12:00 pm USA vs. SWITZERLAND
  • 4:30 pm CANADA vs. NORWAY
  • 9:00 pm RUSSIA vs. LATVIA

Wednesday, February 17

  • 12:00 pm FINLAND vs. BELARUS
  • 4:30 pm SWEDEN vs. GERMANY
  • 9:00 pm CZECH REPUBLIC vs. SLOVAKIA

Thursday, February 18

  • 12:00 pm USA vs. NORWAY
  • 4:30 pm SWITZERLAND vs. CANADA
  • 9:00 pm SLOVAKIA vs. RUSSIA

Friday, February 19

  • 12:00 pm BELARUS vs. SWEDEN
  • 4:30 pm CZECH REPUBLIC vs. LATVIA
  • 9:00 pm FINLAND vs. GERMANY

    Saturday, February 20

  • 12:00 pm NORWAY vs. SWITZERLAND
  • 4:30 pm LATVIA vs. SLOVAKIA
  • 9:00 pm GERMANY vs. BELARUS

    Sunday, February 21

  • 12:00 pm RUSSIA vs. CZECH REPUBLIC
  • 4:45 pm CANADA vs. USA
  • 9:00 pm SWEDEN vs. FINLAND

    QUALIFICATION PLAYOFF FORMAT:

    At the conclusion of the Preliminary Round, all 12 teams are ranked 1-to-12 in Group "D".

    The top four teams (1D, 2D, 3D, 4D) advance directly to the Quarter-finals.

    The remaining eight teams play the Qualification Playoff with the following match-ups:
    5D - 12D (Winner becomes E1)
    6D - 11D (Winner becomes E2)
    7D - 10D (Winner becomes E3)
    8D - 9D (Winner becomes E4)

    QUALIFICATION PLAYOFF SCHEDULE:
    Tuesday, February 23

  • 12:00 pm QUALIFICATION 1
  • 4:30 pm QUALIFICATION 2
  • 7:00 pm QUALIFICATION 3 (at UBC Thunderbird Arena)
  • 9:00 pm QUALIFICATION 4

    (if qualified, USA game will be scheduled for 12:00)
    (if qualified, Canada game will be scheduled for 4:30)

    QUARTER-FINALS FORMAT:

    At the conclusion of the Qualification Playoff, teams play the Quarter-finals with the following match-ups:
    1D - E4 (Winner becomes F1)
    2D - E3 (Winner becomes F2)
    3D - E2 (Winner becomes F3)
    4D - E1 (Winner becomes F4)

    QUARTER-FINALS SCHEDULE:
    Wednesday, February 24

  • 12:00 pm QUARTERFINAL 1
  • 4:30 pm QUARTERFINAL 2
  • 7:00 pm QUARTERFINAL 3 (at UBC Thunderbird Arena)
  • 9:00 pm QUARTERFINAL 4

    (if qualified, USA game will be scheduled for 12:00)
    (if qualified, Canada game will be scheduled for 4:30)

    SEMI-FINALS SCHEDULE:
    Friday, February 26

  • 12:00 pm Semifinal 1 (F1 vs. F4)
  • 6:30 pm Semifinal 2 (F2 vs. F3)

    (if qualified, USA game will be scheduled for 12:00)
    (if qualified, Canada game will be scheduled for 6:30)

    BRONZE MEDAL GAME:
    Saturday, February 27

  • 7:00 pm (Semifinal losers)

    GOLD MEDAL GAME:
    Sunday, February 28

  • 12:15 pm

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