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02-08-2013, 12:31 AM
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There was quite a lot of talk before the tournament that Kazakhstan had become the favourite in group E. I guess the addition of Dallman (TRAITOR! )and the realization that they have just as many KHL players who are familiar with each other as Latvia does put them ahead in some peoples eyes, recent international play not withstanding. I guess the talk was at least enough to scare Ozolins into returning to the team for the first time since the Salt Lake Olympics to help solidify a spot. After day one, I still think Latvia are the clear favourites, but they've been known to falter against weaker teams in the recent past, so really, it's still anyone's shot right now (well, except for GB). It's nice to see LV's power play working, which is quite the rare sight for Latvian fans.

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