Striker of the Russian team Kirill Kaprizov (foreground)
HELSINKI, April 26 – RIA Novosti, Semyon Galkevich. In Helsinki, the match between the Russian and Finnish national teams on Thursday starts with the Swedish, the last in the season, Euro Hockey Tour. A week before the start of the World Cup in Denmark, the team of Ilya Vorobyov will hold the last three test matches.
The Russian team before the last stage of the Euroture retains the theoretical chances of victory in the overall standings, where at the moment with the 20 points the Czechs are leading, the Finns are one point behind (19), the Russians – the third with 15 points, and the Swedes close the four (12).
A week ago, the Russian team took part in the Czech stage of Eurotour, in which it lost all three matches with the same score 1: 2. The debut of Vorobyov in the national team went down in history with a minus sign – the Russian team lost all three matches for the first time within the framework of one stage of Eurotour. "Guys should go to another level. It’s not clubs, it’s team", – said Vorobiev, summing up the results of the Czech Games.
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The composition of the Russian national team before the Swedish stage has undergone a number of changes: forwards, Anton Slepyshev, Alexander Dergachev and Dmitry Kagarlitsky have completed preparations for the world championship, the participants of the Gagarin Cup final have joined the team: attackers Stanislav Galiev, Vladimir Tkachev and defender Albert Yarullin (all – "AK Bars"), forwards Michael Grigorenko, Kirill Kaprizov, Maxim Shalunov, defenders Alexei Marchenko, Nikita Nesterov (all – CSKA).
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Continues to work on an individual plan at the base in Novogorsk captain of the Russian national team Pavel Datsyuk, also decided to give rest to striker Nikita Gusev. Company army team from St. Petersburg in Novogorsk will be a hockey player "Ak Barsa" Vasily Tokranov and representing CSKA Ilya Sorokin, Mikhail Naumenkov, Bogdan Kiselevich, Ivan Telegin, Sergei Andronov, Valery Nichushkin.
Most of the NHL players invited to the national teams to participate in the world championship will play at the Swedish stage of Euro Tour. So, in the application of the Swedes for the tournament included 13 NHL players, Finns and Czechs – six hockey players of the leading league of the world, the Russian national team – only four.
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In the absence of Russian NHL stars, the Swedes Yon Klingberg (Sweden)"Dallas"), Oliver Ekman-Larsson ("Arizona"), Mika Zibanejad ("New York Rangers"), the Finns Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teryavianen (both – "Caroline"), Czech Radek Fax ("Dallas"). KHL at the last stage of the Euro Tour will be represented by 45 players, ten of them will play for the Czechs, seven for the Finns and four for the Swedes.
Within the framework of the Swedish Eurotour stage, the Russian team will play on Thursday against the Finns (Helsinki, 18:30 Moscow time), the Swedes (Stockholm, 16:30) and the Czechs (Stockholm, 13:00). The World Cup will be held in Danish Copenhagen and Herning from 4 to 20 May.