According to the tournament format, the teams from all three groups are ranked in an overall 12-team ranking.
The other four quarter-finalists will be determined in qualification playoff games between the teams ranked 5th to 12th.
Qualification Playoff (15 February)Canada – China
Denmark – Latvia
Czechia – Switzerland
Slovakia – Germany
Quarter-Finals (16 February)USA – Winner SVK/GER
Finland – Winner CZE/SUI
ROC – Winner DEN/LAT
Sweden – Winner CAN/CHN
The semi-finals will take place on 18 February with the highest-ranked semi-finalist playing the lowest-ranked according to the combined preliminary-round ranking and the second-highest ranked semi-finalist playing the third-highest ranked.
The men’s teams will have a day off tomorrow until the start of the final round. In the meantime the semi-finals of the Olympic women’s ice hockey tournament will be played tomorrow with Canada vs. Switzerland and USA vs. Finland.