Austria backed into the 2014 Sochi Olympics with a loss on Sunday, as reported here. Germany, which was ranked 10th heading into the qualifier, fails to make the 12-team tournament for the first time.
What the groups will look like in Russia, listed in seeded order:
Group A: Russia (1), Slovakia (6), USA (7), Slovenia (18)
Group B: Finland (2), Canada (5), Norway (8), Austria (15)
Group C: Czech Republic (3), Sweden (4), Switzerland (9), Latvia (11)
The format will be the same as it was in Vancouver 2010: The four teams with the best records (each of the three the group winners plus the best second-place team) advance to the quarterfinals. The remaining eight teams will play a qualification game to earn a spot in the quarterfinals.