Men's hockey playoff capsules 

Switzerland vs. Belarus

When » Tuesday, 3:30 p.m.

A matchup of potential giant killers. Belarus pushed Sweden in pool play before falling 4-2. The Swiss took Canada to a shootout before losing. The winner plays the United States in the quarterfinals.

Canada vs. Germany

When » Tuesday, 8 p.m.

The Germans are facing an angry pre-tournament favorite on its home ice. Canada would do well to put this game away as early as possible. Russia looms on short rest in the quarterfinals.

Czech Republic vs. Latvia

When » Tuesday, 10 p.m.

Should be a mismatch. Czechs burst out to 4-0 lead over Lativia during pool play. But two late goals in the second period made it a game and gives Latvia, a No. 12 seed, hope for an upset.

Slovakia vs. Norway

When » Wednesday, 12:30 a.m.

The Norwegians were outscored 14-1 by the United States and Canada in pool play. It's hard to see how they'll beat the Slovaks, who already have knocked off Russia and are getting strong goaltending from Jaroslav Halak.

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