I know that this tournament doesn't attract a great deal of attention on the western side of the Atlantic, but at least here in Finland it is a huge deal. So, the games will begin tomorrow in Helsinki and Stockholm. Any predictions? Are you even going to watch any matches? Countries participating (2011 IIHF ranking in parentheses): Group H (Helsinki): Finland (2) Canada (4) USA (6) Switzerland (7) Slovakia (10) Belarus (11) France (14) Kazakhstan (16) Group S (Stockholm): Russia (1) Sweden (3) Czech Republic (5) Germany (8) Norway (9) Latvia (12) Denmark (13) Italy (17) Top four teams of each group will proceed to the playoff stage. IMO, the top 6 ranked teams are almost surely in the quarter finals (RUS, FIN, SWE, CAN, CZE, USA) and all the other teams will have a tight competition for the two remaining spots, except for Italy, Kazakhstan and France: I just don't think they will stand much of a chance.