Who knows... It depends on what the Russian coaching staff believes, if they believe Dale Hunters side of why not to put Orlov in, then not a chance in hell. He got scratched the entire playoffs for one turn over in the last game of the season.
Unfortunate that they are not going to try Orlov. A lot of coaches prefer more experienced players though. If they're going to mix up the lines, I'd really like to see Kulemin with Malkin ... they've done well together before. And of course the purely selfish hope that Shero will see how well they play together and acquire him from Toronto
I would have replaced Tereschenko with Burmistrov. I think 27 is by far the weakest centerman in this team.
He is a faceoff specialist and a great 2 way player. Most people don't understand his game, but Bill has him there for a very very good reason. If you watch him, he can destroy attacks and cover for Defenseman. He's not going to do a lot offensively, but that's not why he's there.
agree. i would think they are dead tired now and ovechkin has always been atrocious in the national team. i dont see any reason why this time he will be different.
I wouldn't say atrocious, but not as good as he could be. He still scored goals and assisted in the past, just not to his full capacity. Not to mention the Olympic Go ahead goal in 2006 against Canadians.