Russia vs Finland by Dartagnan
The Championship is held in Russia and there are lots of politics involved with the host team where different fractions side with different player leaderships. Ovechkin from the Capitals is - as usual - in the center of controversy as the famed trainer Urzinov SR is siding with his leadership on power plays while the Head Coach Znarok is for changing the power play concept from multi passing NHL style to the old Russian style of shooting the pack near the crease creating tip off opportunities. The discussions were raised due to Russia's poor power play against the relatively weak Germans who also led the Russians 1-0 after a first period. The game has ended 4-1 Russia, but the taste was not good as Russia's next opponent is currently the strongest hockey team in the world . The Finns are 8-0 overall this championship outscoring the opposition 34-7. Russia has won 7 after losing the opener 0-3 to their ever nemesis - Czechs.
Larionov's attempt to promote Yakopov who is talking the talk, but certainly not walking the walk - also creates a tension between the players. The behavior of Russia Head Coach following the game against the Germans was also something that we call politically not correct. Since he also holds the German citizenship - Znarok was asked by a former press attache of Russia about two head coaches both German citizens meeting in the quarterfinals for the first time of Hockey World Championship history -and his reaction was - I should have choked you while you were still little....
While all this is going on - the Finns who can clinch the Hat Trick in World Championships in 2016 in all three age categories - are preparing quietly for the game.
|Finland Win||Bet365||2.30||5||1-3 WON (+6.5 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.