NHL Olympic Blog Beat – February 17, 2014.

The Olympic playoff bracket explained, the Olympic power rankings, three disappointments from the preliminary rounds and much more.

PUCK DRUNK LOVE: Mike Salerno breaks down the Olympic men’s hockey qualification rounds.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier has your Sochi medal rounds power rankings.

This is not comparable to the "Miracle on Ice".

This is not comparable to the “Miracle on Ice”.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Three disappointments from the Olympic men’s hockey preliminary rounds.

RAW CHARGE: John Fontana explains why the United States’ shootout win over Russia doesn’t compare to the 1980 Miracle on Ice.

JAPERS’ RINK: The difficulty of being a Capitals fan while following the Russia-United States game.

ARCTIC ICE HOCKEY: The brief, confusing history of hockey in the Soviet Union and Russia.

SB NATION: Picking a goalie who can steal a game.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Terry Campkin examines the underachievers at the Olympic break, while Tom Collins looks at the decline in Daniel Sedin’s performance.

IN LOU WE TRUST: John Fischer explains why the New Jersey Devils demoted defenseman Eric Gelinas.