Bars Kazan are trying to find consistency, mixing their last 10 games with 6 wins and 4 defeats. They’ve managed to defeat Jokerit with 4-2 in the last round and remain a big treat at home ice with 4-1-1-4 record and 20-21 goal difference. The hosts are currently 3rd in the Kharlamov Division leveled on points with the 2nd team of Tractor, so they’ll be keen to snatch that place in the near future.
Dinamo Riga are once again the underdogs on the road. The visiting team is at the bottom of Bobrov Division with very modest active of 6 points and the negative 20-35 goal difference. On the road, Riga are yet to win a match in the regular time, with current record of 0-1-1-7. We don’t know if they have problem with the rooster or the inside atmosphere of the team is bad, but in their current state they really need to start making progress.
Couple of days ago, when we predicted a match where Riga were involved, we suggested a home win and here we also think that Bars Kazan are the better team and should win. Kazan don’t have very good head-to-head record against this opponent, winning just 1 of their last 5 hostings, but today they should finally win.
Today, our choice is again from the Russian KHL, as it looks like we have good success rate in this championship. Niznekamsk have managed to snap a 2 back-to-back losing streak, with a win over Jokerit with 3-2 after penalties. However, the hosts are still the worst team in the Kharlamov Division with 1 point less than Lada. Their current record stand at 2-5-6 and 22-29 goal difference. At home ice, Niznekamsk have very strong performance rate that reads 1-4-1, and we could easily call them the overtime masters.
Meanwhile, Dinamo Riga come here as the underdogs. The visiting team is at the bottom of Bobrov Division with very modest active of 6 points and 19-32 goal difference. On the road, Riga are yet to win a match in the regular time, with current record of 0-1-1-6. We don’t know if they have problem with the rooster or the inside atmosphere of the team is bad, but in their current state they really need to start making progress. A home win at the odds of 2.00 is really not a bad option, however we prefer to take on the goal line, that looks suspiciously low.
Today, we have a match from the World Cup Play offs, between the teams of Sweden and Europe. The Swedish side is consisted of some very talented offensive players such as Gabriel Landeskog and Filip Forsberg. They know how to find the back of the net and the team normally scores at least 2 goals a match.
Meanwhile, Europe was the biggest long shot to win gold coming into this tournament. However, they are now one win away from setting up a shot at pulling it off as they take on a Swedish side that started the tournament strong but has faded away the last couple games. Europe is a collection of misfits that are actually very talented and while they are a bit old top to bottom they are still very skilled. Jaroslav Halak is the man to watch for the visiting team.
All in all, we expect a thrilling game that could be decided in extra time or even penalties, but we think that the goal line of 5 nets should be easily covered. This teams have played a friendly match just 2 weeks ago that ended 2-6 for Europe, and while we don’t expect as many hockey pucks banged in the net, nor such an easy win for Europe, we hope for at least 5 goals scored.
Today, there are not very good games from the Russian KHL, but there is still one game which makes us really good impression and it is the game between Tractor Chelyabinsk and Medvescak Zagreb.
Medvescak Zagreb are continuing with the away games as they were in one good shape, but recently they started losing game after game. Now in the five past games the team from Croatia is having just 1 win. This is not very good for them but they will soon or later make win which will flush them and they will start playing better. Moreover, now the team is playing only away games and they are feeling exhausted from the tough schedule.
Tractor Chelyabinsk are difficult team, especially when they are playing at home. At the moment the home team is in a serie of two wins in a row. We think that they will take another win but a better prediction for us is over 4.5 goals as the team from Zagreb is scoring and conceding lots of goals.