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05-19-2012, 07:13 PM
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Mestaruus
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I'm not sure about this one. Erat's injury is huge loss for the Czechs that's for sure.

For Finland it depends of 2 things. Will our coach FINALLY do something about the second line that he's kept together for 14+ games this year which really sucks Granlund-Immonen-Pesonen. If he finally benches 2 of the guys from this line and completely breaks that line we have a good shot at winning.

The second thing is. Who will score the first goal. Finnish crowd/fans in the arena are really bad. If 1 goal is scored against us the crowd might just stay silent for the rest of the game. So it's better that Czechs will take the reins and score first so we'll come from behind and tie it so the crowd stays in the game, but the game has to be close though. Not a 3-0 for Czechs start. If we score first and Czechs tie it there's a good chance that the crowd will be quiet for the rest of the game (happened in Russia game after 1-1). It's because of the ticket fiasco (rich businessmen crowd sigh) and it's so embarrassing that in the FIN-RUS game, Russian fans kept more noise the entire game and it was more of a home game for them, even before the game was decided.

So my prediction is whoever scores the first goal loses . This is if goalie vs goalie & penalties are about even.

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