Friday, April 01, 2005

Russian Superleague playoff final

It's now official: Dynamo Moscow will meet Lada Togliatti in the final round of the Russian Hockey Superleague.
Basically, these teams are Russian equivalent of Detroit and New Jersey, especially Lada which is the most defensive minded team in the whole league - no easy feat on the big European ice.
On the other hand, Dynamo is the balanced one. And it has Pavel Datsyuk (a Detroit player, Scotty Bowman's favorite) on the roster.
Neither team has any big foreign NHL star, Heatley and Lecavalier are gone so is Jagr.
My bet is on Dynamo. They are as orderly as Lada but skill-wise have more depth than Lada.
Prognosis: Dynamo wins the best of five series: 3:1.


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