After Canada prevailed over the USA, 7 - 4, in their highly anticipated battle to end pool play, they enjoy a bye into the semis, as does Sweden, who had a surprisingly easy time in beating Russia 5 - 0. Today, the US takes on Slovakia for the right to go against Sweden, while Canada awaits the winner of the Russia -- Czech Republic quarterfinal. The puck drops for the US at 3:30 PM EST, and for Russa at 7:30 PM.
Both semi-final matches are on Saturday, with the Championship and 3rd place games on Monday.
The CBJ have deployed some scouts to Ottawa to catch the action (and perhaps discuss a few Senators' players?) Despite the shutout at the hands of Sweden, Filatov has played well for Russia, and will be interesting to watch in the match against the Czechs. Don't forget about Cody Goloubef for Canada and Ted Ruth for the US, both of whom could figure prominently in the Jackets' future.