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Russian national hockey team kicks off in playoff of World Cup against USA – Sport

Ilya Vorobyov's teams in the group stage won in all seven games. The most vivid was the match against the Swedes, in which the Russian team avenged the last year's defeat in Copenhagen, winning 7: 4. At the same time, Sweden's team was stronger in two periods of three, but lost by a difference of six naked in the second 20 minute minute – 0: 6. The defeat left the Scandinavians in third place in group B, they will hold a quarterfinals against the Finns.

The day before the start playoffs Russian hockey players train at will. However, all the hockey players entered the ice in the arena called Ondrej Nepela, only Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Kuznetsov left the place later. Before the match of the quarter-finals the Russian team entered the last player – defender Artem Zub. Now the Russians have a total of 25 hockey players.

The American team has enough not only experienced but also young players. The youngest is 18-year-old striker Jack Hughes, who has to pick the first number in the upcoming National Hockey League (NHL) project. Speaking in the system for the development of young American players, Hughes is already participating in two world championships – young and junior. Unlike these races, in Slovakia he is still in the shadows because in six games he could only give one goal.

His elder brother, 19-year-old Quinn Hughes, who has three successful passes, has been successful in the tournament. US team leader Captain Patrick Cain with 10 (2 goals + 8 assists) points, with most goals scored by his Chicago partner Alex Debrinkat (6). If the Russians have no losses before the match, then the Americans will not be able to play the striker Dylan Larkin – the Detroit lead in the last group meeting with Canadians (0: 3) the puck fell into the groin, because of who did not train after arriving in Bratislava. He did not go on ice and Johnny Greed, but the striker must play against the Russian team.

The last time the teams of Russia and the United States of the World Cup met in Cologne two years ago, and Oleg Zgârca's wins lost 3: 5. Another memorable battle of these teams could be called the quarterfinals of the World Cup in 2013 in Helsinki when the Americans defeated the team of Billetletinov – 8: 3. The upcoming match will start at 17:15 Moscow time.

The rest also rush into battle

Bratislava will host a meeting between Czech and German national teams. The Czechs in the group stage suffered only one defeat – the Russians (0: 3). In the course of the tournament, the goalkeeper of Colorado Paul Franzus, known for his participation in the Continental Hockey League for Chelyabinsk tractor, and Dallas ahead Radek Fax. The last four games scored one goal and gave three assists.

In Germany, after the Olympic season, there was a major change – fine Tony Soderholm became the new chief coach, replacing Marko Sturm, under whose leaders the Germans came to Pongchang's final. The German team in the final game of the group stage defeated the Finns (4: 2) and thanks to this victory, they surrounded the Americans in the table. The meeting between the national teams of the Czech Republic and Germany will begin at 21:15 Moscow time.

The Canadians in Kosice will meet with hockey players from Switzerland, the match will begin at 17:15 Moscow time. For the Swiss on Tuesday, Nino Niederreiter, the lead of "Carolina", spent the first meeting of the tournament, becoming one of the best by throwing the puck. But the Canadian team will be weakened by the loss of his best goal-keeper Anthony Manta. because of his disqualification. The Detroit striker, who collected 12 (7 + 5) points, was punished in the game with Americans with a disciplinary punishment for striking an opponent in the head.

The current world champion in Sweden, Kosice, will play against the Finns. Finland's team in the final round of the group stage gave way to Canadians defeated by German hockey players. However, it may be better for the Finns to resist the Swedes whose gaming system they know well. The Swiss team is not so frequent.

In the Jukka Yalonen divisions, in the first two matches, 18-year-old Kaapo Kakko scored the two goals. In the remaining games he scored only two points (1 + 1). The Swedes also have several hockey players who have pretty good head counts, as the leader among the snipers is Patrick Hoorquist (6).

The meeting between these teams will begin at 21:15 Moscow time.

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