Näin se on/oli nähtävä. Moiset kertoimet ovat tosin jo historiaa... Jos jotakuta kiinnostaa, niin tällaiset perustelut kirjoittelin englanniksi eilen illalla, kun moista herkkua oli vielä tarjolla:
Finnish national team is very strong this time. Goalies are great (as usual) and Lehto and Norrena are both in exellent form. Over half of the defenders are very experienced and trustful (Nummelin, Tuulola, Niemi, Karalahti and Kiprusoff). Eskelinen and Saravo have improved their game in last 1,5 seasons all the time and totally deserve their places in the team. What about forwards?? Names Peltonen, Rintanen, Hentunen, Kallio, Pärssinen and Eloranta sounds almost too good... And there is also new young stars like Immonen (played with Toronto in their European tour), Viuhkola and Laakkonen. All the same, as I see it, this is almost the best team that can be selected right now.
Russia´s team isn´t even near that. Three former NHL-players (Tverdovsky, Krivokrasov and Jatshmenev) were selected to the team, but none of them will come to Finland. Almost all defenders play tough but can´t handle the puck. Most of them have scored 2-6 points in about 20 matches in Russian league, half of them have scored no goals at all. In the offensive there are couple of good forwards (Antipov, Sushinski) but rest of the team isn´t even near the Finnish one.
Expekt and centre offers 1.95 for home win and that´s easily enough for me. I´d give at least 55% for Finland.
Jaa niin ja voin muuten kertoa, ettei ollut mitään herkkua etsiskellä itänaapurin pelureitten tehoja tämän kauden liigassa joukkueiden venäjänkielisiltä kotisivuilta...