One of the most interesting confrontations will take place today in Balashikha. “Avant-garde” shock started the season, scoring 4 wins in a row and intends to build on this success. The current holder of the Gagarin Cup yet just rolled into season. You light up the eyes of leopards in the meeting with the worthy opponent or the hawks to extend their winning streak, showing their championship intentions.
- AK Bars
- The coefficients and forecast
Avangard started the season, demonstrating not only excellent results but also a high level of hockey. On the opening rounds it is the “Hawks” leave the most pleasant impression. A convincing victory was produced in the guest series, and then the first match of the home series was won. This season, of course, speaking about “Avant-garde” home game, you should keep in mind that this is a Convention. Arena Omsk is now repaired, and this season for Avangard’s home arena will be “Balashikha” in the eponymous suburban town.
So let’s look at the results:
“The Locomotive” — “Avant-Garde” — 0:4
“Dynamo” Moscow — “Vanguard” — 1:5
“Severstal” — “Avant-Garde” — 1:4
Avangard — Neftekhimik — 4:2
Under the guidance of canadian coach Bob Hartley Avangard is playing a very organized way, not allowing himself to relax, even when the lead becomes comfortable. Visible coherent film. The team has a high class, the perfect blend of experience and youth.
In the offseason, was signed:
- The goalkeeper of Karri Ramo (from Jokerit). Played in the NHL for calgary, were regularly invited to the national team of Finland.
- Defender Ville Pokka (from the AHL, spent 289 matches). Played for the Finnish youth of different ages, were invited to the national team of Finland.
- Defender Cody Fransson (from “Chicago Blackhawks”), 550 games in the NHL
- Defender Alexey Emelin (from “Nashville Predators”), 456 games in the NHL.
- Defenseman Nikita Peptamin (from “the Metallurgist” Magnitogorsk), 364 match in the KHL, was periodically called to the national team of Russia.
- Forward David Deane (from “the Locomotive”), the 524 game in the NHL, 87 goals, 195 assists.
- Forward Maxime Talbot (from Lokomotiv), 704 game in the NHL, a goal 91 + 113 assists.
- Forward Chris Versteeg (from “calgary Flames”), 643 game in the NHL, 149 goals, 209 assists.
- Forward Sergei Shirokov (SKA), 383 match in the KHL, 119 goals, 149 assists. Played in North America, mostly in the AHL, but a few games in the NHL
- Forward Kirill Petrov (from CSKA), 379 matches in the KHL, 88 goals, 96 assists.
As you can see, all these players are experienced, many of them have solid experience in the NHL. David Deane is capable of becoming a major star in the NHL this season. Playing along with these experienced players, progressing rapidly to the talented youth of “Avant-garde”, Ilya Mikheev and Kirill Semenov. Now they play a prominent role in the team and in the future may become the stars of the League.
Note that Kari Ramo suffered a serious injury before the start of the season and now have to rely on Igor Bobkov and Alexei murygin. Bobkov and yet fails to demonstrate a high percentage of reflected throws — 95%, one of the highest in the League.
The last seasons of “avant-garde” did not show the result that was expected of him. It seems this season the team is capable of much and the match against the current holder of the Gagarin Cup will become a good stimulus. I think the motivation of the hosts of this match will be prohibitive, but in terms of “Hawks” now just look great.
Unlike the Avant-garde in the camp of “AK Bars” was not such serious changes, either organizational or personnel. The composition was minimal change. Defenders of the Atta of Ohtamaa, Damir Musin, Vasily Tokranov is gone. Defenders Paul Postma, Andrey Pedan, Dmitry Yudin came.
The most striking signature is the canadian Paul Postma of the “Boston Bruins”, behind which a 204 game in the NHL. Joined a new team and he’s good in 4 matches scored 3 points performance, 2 goals + 1 assist.
In General, the “AK bars” as usual slowly starts to the season. Team Bilyaletdinov usually go to peak form for the decisive matches. There is no doubt, “AK bars” will get into the playoffs and will be one of the favorites in the East, but until the game “leopards” a lot of questions.
In 4 games won 2 wins and 2 defeats:
“AK bars” — SKA 1:6
“AK Bars” — “Dinamo” Minsk 2:0
“AK Bars” — “Vityaz” — 3:5
“AK Bars” — “Barys” — 4:3
In 4 matches goals conceded 14 goals. For the team Bilyaletdinov this is too much. Indeed, the defense now has enough problems.
There is a problem and the goalie. In the first match against SKA, Emil Garipov was not fully healthy and napropuskal 6 goals with the percentage of reflected throws, equal to 71%. In the 3 subsequent matches starting goaltender was Alexander Starichenko, who played with the percentage of reflected throws 91%. Let’s say, mediocre figure. It is worth to note that the opponents were not the most serious. Confidence and reliability from the Sharychenkov certainly was not noticeable. You can, for example, to remember them missing the washer from the center of the site from Kevin Dallman. In General, the match against “Barys” Kazan club had a convincing, though, and won it.
The forward of “Barys” many problems have created a defence of “AK Bars”. But the attack of the “Vanguard” better than the “Barys”.
The coefficients and forecast
“Avant-garde” powerfully started the season and the team are now among the main favorites in the League. Composition equipped with “avant-garde” decently and the game is now good. “AK bars” while swinging and has problems in defense in General, showing a poor level. Although the composition is quite efficient, Yes what there to speak — the championship. The fact of the championship “AK Bars” will only give extra motivation to the players of “Avangard”. Thus, no wonder the favorite of the match is “vanguard”.