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The three group winners and the second place team with the best record receive a bye into the quarterfinals.

The remaining eight teams play a qualification playoff game.

Then Bettman extended that deadline to the end of January.

Now here we are in February, and the League has yet to rule one way or the other. The NHL is in the process of assembling its schedule for the for 2017-18 season, and will need to know soon whether or not play will have to be suspended for the Olympics.

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No teams are eliminated from medal contention based on the preliminary round results.Bettman and the NHL remain open to a solution, but it almost assuredly won’t be one that comes at the cost of the League.The commissioner feels the NHL is already sacrificing enough. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) @burchie_kid After indicating last November that the NHL would make a decision by the end of January in regard to sending its players to the 2018 Pyeong Chang Olympics, league commissioner Gary Bettman said on Monday, “We’re not on any timetable.” “If somebody sets a date, it’s not going to be us,” Bettman told the Jamie and Stoney Show on 97.1 The Ticket. Oshie #74 of the United States celebrates after scoring on a shootout against Sergei Bobrovski #72 of Russia to win the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A game on day eight of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.“[Fasel] very much wants to try to find a solution,” Bettman said last year. “The most likely thing is the International Ice Hockey Federation will come in and say we’re going to do it on a pared-down basis,” he said in November.