Murph’s Musings: Olympic Hockey Picks For Qualification And Quarterfinals Rounds

Feb 15, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Latvia forward Mikelis Redlihs (24) attempts to poke the puck in the net as Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), Sweden forward Jimmie Ericsson (42) defend in a men’s preliminary round ice hockey game during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Shayba Arena. Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 15, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Latvia forward Mikelis Redlihs (24) attempts to poke the puck in the net as Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), Sweden forward Jimmie Ericsson (42) defend in a men’s preliminary round ice hockey game during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Shayba Arena. Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The seedings are set for the qualification and medal rounds of the Men’s Olympic hockey tournament and Sweden, United States, Canada and Finland all earned byes and automatic spots in the quarterfinals. Of those four the United States appear to be the most dominant and hottest team right now as they have used a balanced attack, strong defense and solid goaltending to go 2-1-0-0 through the first three games. Right now, it wouldn’t be the least bit surprising if USA and Canada end up in a rematch in the semifinals if all top four seeds were to advance from the quarterfinals. But as history has proved, things don’t always go as planned and upsets can occur. Here’s this scribe’s take on who out of the top four seeds is the most likely to be upset in the quarterfinals.

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