...begins next week, with Calgary and Edmonton serving as host cities.
Here's a look at the schedule.
GROUP A consists of (in my predicted order of finish): Sweden, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Latvia
GROUP B consists of (in my predicted order of finish): USA, Canada, Finland, Czech Republic, Denmark
If I'm correct, then the quarterfinals would be:
Canada over Slovakia; Russia over Finland
The semifinals would be:
USA over Russia; Sweden over Canada
The Gold Medal Game would be:
USA over Sweden
The tournament begins Dec. 26 and runs through Jan. 5.