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11-21-2012, 11:35 AM
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Fulcrum
 
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I would rather start Tkachev than Yakimov (if take him at all!). Yakimov lack of speed will be exposed on the big ice much more.

I think this Defense is A LOT better than last year, even with Yarullin and Nesterov's blunders. I generally like everyone on that Defense line and I am glad Pedan is not even considered. Last year the only KHLer was Arzamastsev.

Also, as the SSS showed- anyone on this team can score. The stats for Team Russia were very balanced. Even if teams manage to contain Yakupov or Grigs everyone else is very capable on putting the puck in the net. I like that.

Like I said before, overall this is a much more balanced team than in the past few years, even if it's missing the sharp edge of Kuznetsov or Tarasenko.

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