Here is how Group standings will be affected by the final preliminary games: Group A: Finland is #1. Swiss are #2, unless they lose to Italy. Then the Czech-Canada game will be for 2nd instead of 3rd, with the loser finishing 4th either way (if Czech-Canada is a tie, Swiss are 2nd, Canada 3rd, Czechs 4th). Group B: USA is #4. If Slovakia beats Sweden, it will be 1. Slovakia 2. Russia 3. Sweden. Same if Slovakia ties Sweden, unless US beats Russia, in which case Sweden #2 and Russia #3. If Sweden beats Slovakia, then I believe it's 1. Sweden 2. Slovakia 3. Russia, unless Russia beats US, in which case it should be 1. Russia 2. Sweden 3. Slovakia. Tuesday's Games ----------------- Latvia vs. Kazakhstan: This one's strictly for pride. Switzerland vs. Italy: Swiss need at least a tie to ensure #2 seed in Group A. If they lose, the winner of Czech-Canada game will be #2, Swiss will be #3. Finland vs. Germany: This game is irrelevant to medal round seedings. Canada vs. Czech Rep.: Winner of this game is #3 in Group A, which may not matter so much in QFs (likely play Slovakia or Russia either way), but #3A would likely play winner of Sweden-Swiss in semifinal (instead of favorite Finland). Sweden vs. Slovakia: Slovakia needs to win or tie to be #1 in Group B. If Sweden wins, they finish 1st or 2nd, otherwise they'll be 3rd (and likely draw Swiss in QF). USA vs. Russia: USA would love to beat Russia, Russia will have nothing to play for if Slovakia beats Sweden, otherwise will determine seedings. My power rankings, pending Tuesday's games: 1. Finland: Only 2 goals given up (both to Czechs) in round robin, easy call. 2. Slovakia: Has chance to go undefeated in preliminary round, goaltending has been pleasant surprise. 3. Russia: Can't hold opening game loss to Slovakia against them too much. 4. Czechs: Ranked ahead of Canada, because they played as good or better against common opponents thus far, but Vokoun will have to be sharp if they are to advance in medal round. Losing Hasek, Elias, and Jagr (for most of important Finland game) has hurt them, but still very dangerous. 5. Canada: Lucky to be this high, after back to back shutouts. Can they suddenly turn it on in the medal round? 6. Sweden: Would move up with win against Slovakia, but got skunked by Russia. 7. Swiss: Deserve credit for great wins in round robin, but can't be considered a favorite against anyone in medal round. 8. USA: Has played better than I expected, won't be easy QF matchup.