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The 2015 IIHF World Championships kick off on Friday, May 1 in the Czech Republic.

The annual tournament, now in its 79th year, carries extra importance this year as it will help finalize seeding for the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. 2018 Olympic qualification is determined by a nation's cumulative finish in five tournaments: the 2014 Olympics and the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 World Championships.

The higher a nation finished in each of those tournaments, they more points they were awarded according to an IIHF formula. Following the 2015 tournament, teams ranked in the top eight will qualify directly for the 2018 Olympics, while teams below the top eight will have to go through a number of qualification games in late 2015 and 2016.

The United States or Canada are likely not in danger of falling out of the top eight, aside from what would be a shockingly terrible performance at these 2015 Worlds. But Olympic qualification is very much on the line for a number of teams playing at this tournament, and it will be a subplot throughout the games, even as many of the NHL players participating don't know if they'll be allowed to play at those 2018 Olympic Games.

The teams

16 nations will compete in the 2015 Worlds. 14 of them qualified by finishing in the top 14 of last year's tournament, including the Czechs, which had an automatic bid anyway as the host nation. Austria and Slovenia qualified by finishing atop the lower Division 1A tournament in 2014, replacing Italy and Kazakhstan, who finished at the bottom of last year's Top Division tournament and were relegated to Division 1A for 2015.

The 16 nations are split into two groups of eight for the preliminary round.

Group A, which will play preliminary round games at O2 Arena in Prague, is as follows: Sweden (1 overall seed), Canada (4 seed), Czech Republic (5), Switzerland (7), Latvia (9), France (12), Germany (13), Austria (16).

Group B, which will play its preliminary round games at ČEZ Aréna in Ostrava, is as follows: Finland (2 overall seed), Russia (3), United States (6), Slovakia (8), Norway (10), Belarus (11), Slovenia (14), Denmark (15).

The format

Teams play the other seven nations in their group in the preliminary round. Because the IIHF is smarter than the NHL, teams are awarded three points for regulation wins, two points for overtime or shootout wins, one point for losing in overtime or a shootout, and zero points for a loss. The top four teams in each group after the conclusion of the preliminary round will advance to the playoff round.

The playoff round begins May 14 with four quarterfinal games. Winners advance to the semifinals the following day. The bronze and gold medal games will be held on Sunday, May 17 -- the final day of the tournament.

TV schedule for Canadian viewers

Friday, May 1
• Canada vs. Latvia at 10 a.m. ET on TSN
• USA vs. Finland at 10 a.m. ET on TSN2
• Czech Republic vs. Sweden at 2 p.m. ET on TSN1 and TSN5
• Russia vs. Norway at 2 p.m. ET on TSN4

Saturday, May 2
• Slovakia vs. Denmark at 6 a.m. ET on TSN2
• France vs. Germany at 10 a.m. ET on TSN2
• Latvia vs. Czech Republic at 2 p.m. ET on TSN2
• Norway vs. USA at 2 p.m. ET on TSN1

Sunday, May 3
• Austria vs. Sweden at 6 a.m. ET on TSN1and TSN5
• Russia vs. Slovenia at 6 a.m. ET on TSN3 TSN4
• Canada vs. Germany at 10 a.m. ET on TSN
• Denmark vs. Finland at 2 p.m. ET on TSN1

Monday, May 4
• Latvia vs. Sweden at 10 a.m. ET on TSN2
• Russia vs. USA at 10 a.m. ET on TSN
• Canada vs. Czech Republic at 2 p.m. ET on TSN1, TSN3, and TSN4
• Norway vs. Finland at 2 p.m. ET on TSN2

Tuesday, May 5
• Switzerland vs. Germany at 10 a.m. ET on TSN1 and TSN5
• Denmark vs. Belarus at 10 a.m. ET on TSN3 and TSN4
• Austria vs. France at 2 p.m. ET on TSN1 and TSN5
• Slovakia vs. Slovenia at 2 p.m. ET on TSN3 and TSN4

Wednesday, May 6
• Switzerland vs. Latvia at 10 a.m. ET on TSN5
• Russia vs. Denmark at 10 a.m. ET on TSN1, TSN3, and TSN4
• Sweden vs. Canada at 2 p.m. ET on TSN
• Slovakia vs. Norway at 2 p.m. ET on TSN2

Thursday, May 7
• Czech Republic vs. France at 10 a.m. ET on TSN5
• USA vs. Belarus at 10 a.m. ET on TSN1, TSN3, and TSN4
• Sweden vs. Germany at 2 p.m. ET on TSN1 and TSN5
• Finland vs. Slovenia at 2 p.m. ET on TSN3 and TSN4

Friday, May 8
• Czech Republic vs. Austria at 10 a.m. ET on TSN1 and TSN5
• Slovenia vs. Norway at 10 a.m. ET on TSN3 and TSN4
• Germany vs. Latvia at 2 p.m. ET on TSN5
• USA vs. Denmark at 2 p.m. ET on TSN1, TSN3, and TSN4

Saturday, May 9
• France vs. Canada at 6 a.m. ET on TSN1, TSN3, and TSN4
• Belarus vs. Russia at 6 a.m. ET on TSN5
• Finland vs. Slovakia at 10 a.m. ET on TSN2
• Sweden vs. Switzerland at 2 p.m. ET on TSN2

Sunday, May 10
• Germany vs. Czech Republic at 10 a.m. ET on TSN5
• Slovenia vs. USA 10 a.m. at ET on TSN1, TSN3, and TSN4
• Switzerland vs. Canada at 2 p.m. ET on TSN
• Slovakia vs. Russia at 2 p.m. ET on TSN2

Monday, May 11
• Germany vs. Austria at 10 a.m. ET on TSN1 and TSN5
• Finland vs. Belarus at 10 a.m. ET on TSN3 and TSN4
• Sweden vs. France at 2 p.m. ET on TSN1 and TSN5
• Slovenia vs. Denmark at 2 p.m. ET on TSN3 and TSN4

Tuesday, May 12
• Canada vs. Austria at 6 a.m. ET on TSN
• Norway vs. Belarus at 6 a.m. ET on TSN2
• Latvia vs. France at 10 a.m. ET on TSN5
• USA vs. Slovakia at 10 a.m. ET on TSN1, TSN3, and TSN4
• Czech Republic vs. Switzerland at 2 p.m. ET on TSN5
• Finland vs. Russia at 2 p.m. ET on TSN1, TSN3, and TSN4

Thursday, May 14
• Quarterfinal #1 at 9 a.m. ET on TSN2
• Quarterfinal #2 at 10 a.m. ET on TSN
• Quarterfinal #3 at 1 p.m. ET on TSN2
• Quarterfinal #4 at 2 p.m. ET on TSN

Saturday, May 16
• Semifinal #1 at 9 a.m. ET on TSN
• Semifinal #2 at 1 p.m. ET on TSN

Sunday, May 17
• Bronze Medal at 10 a.m. ET on TSN
• Gold Medal at 2:30 p.m. ET on TSN

TV schedule for American viewers

Friday, May 1
• USA vs. Finland at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN (live)

Saturday, May 2
• Norway vs. USA on NBCSN (delay at 11 p.m.)

Monday, May 4
• Russia vs. USA at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN (live)

Thursday, May 7
• USA vs. Belarus at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN (live)

Friday, May 8
• USA vs. Denmark at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN (live)

Sunday, May 10
• Slovenia vs. USA on NBCSN (delay at 3 p.m.)

Tuesday, May 12
• USA vs. Slovakia at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN (live)

Thursday, May 14
• Quarterfinal #1 on NBCSN (live)
• Quarterfinal #2 on Live Extra app, TV TBD
• Quarterfinal #3 on Live Extra app, TV TBD
• Quarterfinal #4 on Live Extra app, TV TBD

Saturday, May 16
• Semifinal #1 on Live Extra app, TV TBD
• Semifinal #2 on Live Extra app, TV TBD

Sunday, May 17
• Bronze Medal at 10am on Live Extra app, TV TBD
• Gold Medal at 2:30 on NBCSN (live)

 

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