To win gold you must defeat all the teams, dosent matter in what order.
Somehow i think its good for russia to play against canada i qf. its a big revenge for russia. althought i know its a very big difference between canadas olympic team and this.
Yes, starting to look like Finland will be better off losing to Russia.
Why are you so afraid of Canada? They aren't so strong this year, I think Finland could beat them, even if the Czechs are the "easier" opponent to play for the Finns. I know that Finns have normally more problems with the Canadiens than the Czechs, but this year?
But I think Russia is anyway too strong for Finland, so they will very likely face the Czechs in quarterfinal.
I wouldn't mind if Finland actually won, because if we could win Russia with this lineup, we could also have a chance at winning Canada. Plus I really can't guess which one would be toughter for Finland, Czech Republic or Canada.
And being reality I'm predicting Russia is going to win this and I'm not going to be even (that) pissed if Finland atleast tries and fights.