|At the conclusion of the preliminary round, the top four teams receive a bye into the quarterfinals.
GP - Games played
W3 - Wins in regulation time (worth 3 standings points)
W2 - Wins in overtime/shootout (worth 2 standings points)
L1 - Losses in overtime/shootout (worth 1 standings point)
L0 - Losses in regulation time (worth 0 standings points)
GF - Totals goals for
GA - Total goals against
DIFF - Goal differential
POINTS - Total standings points earned
At the conclusion of the 18 game Preliminary Round all 12 teams will be ranked according to a special criterion. This ranking will be used for seeding the teams in the Qualification Playoff games and will used for calculating the Final Ranking at the conclusion of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games Men's Tournament.
The following criteria will be used in the order presented to determine this ranking following completion of the Preliminary Round (1D - 12D):
After the Preliminary Round, 1D, 2D, 3D and 4D will receive a bye into the Quarter Finals and will be named as the Home Team for their Quarter Final pairing.
The Qualification Playoff games will be played with the following match-ups (Group E):