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«In pairs «Siberia» — «metallurg» and «Salavat Yulaev» — «avant-guard» has no favorites!»

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The situation in the series of the Eastern conference once again reminds us that we love hockey. Unpredictability. «Salavat Yulaev» and «metallurg» let and are the favorites on paper in their pairs, but in the game for real men, this factor only increases motivation and improves the mood of the opponents.

Omsk and the Siberians lost to their opponents in 2 games out of three, and now comes the turning point of the game. Or favorites will strengthen the advantage, and after that each game will be the last, according to this scenario, by the way, the Western conference held a series CSKA (Moscow) and «torpedo» (Nizhny Novgorod). Any chance to equalize, and the intrigue continues, as an example, the current SKA (St.-Petersburg) and «Dynamo» (Moscow). That is why for «Siberia», despite the home defeat from «Magnitogorsk» in the last game (1:5), a future meeting is not only an opportunity to prove it to the fans, but also a chance to hold on for an exit in the conference finals. After all

«Avant-garde» the last game, too, failed, losing away «Salavat» 3:1, but this is the first game in their confrontation with the advantage of more than 1 washer. Before that the hawks were less fortunate in the overtime (2:3) and snatched victory in the home shootout (5:4).

«MK» asked the prominent Russian hockey player, world champion 1993, bronze medalist Olimpiskij games 2002, nowadays the head coach «the Cupid» (Khabarovsk) Andrew Nikolishina who he believes the favorites in these meetings:

— I would not began to allocate the favorites in these pairs. It is clear that those who play at home always have the advantage, but all teams show a very good level. In the pair «Salavat Yulaev» and «avant-garde» I would have preferred the first. In good shape are the leaders of the team: Linus Omark and captain Igor Grigorenko. In addition, they have a more experienced coaching staff. In the second pair, I think that «Siberia» after a crushing defeat must disassemble the game and find an antidote against Metalurh.

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