Olympics Gameday -- Elimination Day 1

Today's Schedule:
#8 Switzerland vs. #9 Belarus, noon, USA Network (winner to play #1 USA)
#6 Canada vs. #11 Germany, 4:30 pm, CNBC (winner to play #3 Russia)
#5 Czech Republic vs. #12 Latvia, 7 pm, CNBC (winner to play #4 Finland)
#7 Slovakia vs. #10 Norway, 9 pm, CNBC (winner to play #2 Sweden)

Enough with the round robin -- brackets have now been set and elimination rounds have finally arrived.  Like Rudy, I do have to feel a bit for Canada -- with expectations through the roof for this team, their having to play an extra game is pretty huge.  Sure, it's a game against winless Germany today, which is a blowout on paper, but with the pressure of an entire nation on their shoulders, there's no such thing as a "gimme game" for Team Canada any more. 

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Ah, elimination.  I should note: This is a modified version of somebody else's cartoon.

Based on my listing of BoC players at the Olympics, I've summed up how each BoC team has done, scoring-wise, through the round robin.  Current Sharks have combined for 13 points, current Ducks have combined for 9, and current Kings have combined for 5.  Here's current-roster player stats:

Sharks - Player Country Pos GP G A Pts +/- PIM SOG
Dany Heatley
CAN
F 3 4
1 5
+1 2
13
Patrick Marleau
CAN F 3 1
2 3
e 0
17
Dan Boyle
CAN D
3 0 2 2 +2
0 5
Joe Pavelski
USA
F 3 0
2
2
+1 4
4
Joe Thornton
CAN F 3 0
1
1 -1
0
1
Douglas Murray
SWE D 3 0 0 0 e 0 1
San Jose Total 18 5 8
13 +3 6 41
Ducks - Player Country Pos GP G A Pts +/- PIM SOG
Bobby Ryan USA F 3 1 1 2 +3 0 7
Saku Koivu FIN F 3 0 2 2 e 2 4
Teemu Selanne FIN F 3 0 2 2 -1 0 15
Ryan Getzlaf CAN F 3 1 0 1 +1 2 10
Corey Perry CAN F 3 1 0 1 e 2 7
Scott Niedermayer CAN D 3 0 1 1 e 0 5
Luca Sbisa SWI D 3 0 0 0 +1 0 4
Ryan Whitney USA D 3 0 0 0 -1 0 0
Anaheim Total 24 3 6 9 +3 6 52
Kings- Player Country Pos GP G A Pts +/- PIM SOG
Michal Handzus
SLO
F 3 1
2 3
+2 0
6
Jack Johnson
USA D 3 0
1 1
+2 2
2
Drew Doughty
CAN D
3 0 1 1 -1
0 2
Dustin Brown
USA
F 3 0
0
0
-1 0
3
Los Angeles Total 12 1 4
5 +2 2 13

Team Canada's problem, it seems?  Joe Thornton and Ryan Getzlaf have combined for only two points in three games -- they in particular were supposed to be a two-headed monster for the Canadians.  After the jump, the stats for former BoC players, and goaltenders, too.

If you combine former players with current players, then the Sharks have scored 21 points, the Kings have scored 17, and the Ducks have scored 15.  This inclusion of former players may end up being the tighter race.  Which BoC team -- current plus former players --  will have the most points by the end of the tournament?

Former Sharks - Player Country Pos GP G A Pts +/- PIM SOG
Milan Michalek
CZE
F 3 1
1 2
-1 0
6
Marcel Goc
GER F 3 1
1 2
-1 0
6
Teemu Selanne
FIN F
3 0 2 2 -1
0 15
Viktor Kozlov
RUS
F 3 1
0
1
+2 0
3
Marco Sturm
GER F 3 0
1
1 -1
0
8
Christian Ehrhoff
GER D 3 0 0 0 -1 4 6
Former Sharks Total 18 3 5 8 -3 4 44
SJS - Former + Current 36 8 13 21 e 10 85
Former Kings - Player Country Pos GP G A Pts +/- PIM SOG
Pavol Demitra SLO F 3 1 2 3 +1 2 7
Josef Stumpel SLO F 3 1 2 3 e 0 7
Olli Jokinen
FIN F 3 1 1 2 e 0 5
Lubomir Visnovksy
SLO D 3 1 0 1 +2 0 6
Jon Tripp GER F 3 1 0 1 +1 2 9
Martin Strbak
SLO D 3 0 1 1 +1 2 1
Ziggy Palffy SLO F 3 0 1 1 e 6
4
Tim Gleason USA D 3 0 0 0 +2 0 1
Denis Grebeshkov RUS D 3 0 0 0 e 2 2
Former Kings Total 27 5 7 12 +7 14 42
LAK - Former + Current 39 6 11 17 +9 16 55
Former Ducks- Player Country Pos GP G A Pts +/- PIM SOG
Sergei Fedorov
RUS
F 3 0
3 3
+2 6
3
Ruslan Salei
BEL D 3 1
0 1
+1 0
1
Chris Pronger
CAN D
3 0 1 1 +1
0 2
Sammy Pahlsson
SWE
F 2 0
1
1
e 0
0
Former Ducks Total 11 1 5 6 +4 6 6
ANA - Former + Current 35 4 11 15 +7 12 58

I should note there's been a lot of hand-entry here, so let me know if there are any problems with any numbers (or if I've excluded any players).

Finally, here's BoC goaltending through the round-robin, just Sharks and Ducks this time, as Jonathan Quick hasn't played for Team USA.

Sharks - Player Country GP W L O Mins SA GA GAA Sv%
Evgeny Nabokov RUS 2 2 0 0 120 45 4 2.00 .911
Thomas Greiss GER 2 0 2 0 119 42 7 3.53 .833
Current Sharks 4 2 2 0 239 87 11 2.76 .874
Mikka Kiprusoff FIN 2 1 1 0 120 44 4 2.00 .909
Dmitri Patzold GER 1 0 1 0 60 35 5 5.00 .857
Former Sharks 3 1 2 0 180 79 9 3.00 .886
SJS - Former + Current 7 3 4 0 419 166 20 2.86 .880
Ducks - Player Country GP W L O Mins SA GA GAA Sv%
Jonas Hiller SWI 3 1 1 1 187 93 9 2.88 .903
Ilya Bryzgalov RUS 1 0 0 1 65 32 1 0.92 .969
ANA - Former + Current 4 1 1 2 252 125 10 2.38 .920

Prediction: It'll be a scary day -- single elimination always is.  Top seeds all survive, but one of them requires a shootout to do so.  I should be around for commenting for the early games, at least.

Golympics!

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