Kazakhstan can create a miracle! Designs ahead of the Ice Hockey World Championship playoffs
May 20, 2023 03:15 pm UTC Audio Version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
The initial defeats did not complicate the life of the Finns too much, and the team is in relegation, from which nothing was expected.
The group stage of the World Championship in Riga and Tampere is coming to an end. Teams have to play two or three games, and the contours of the next playoffs are already looming quite clearly.
What about the favourites?
Group A is led by the US team, although before the tournament’s opening face-off, the team’s lineup raised several questions and doubts. True, the Stars and Stripes will have to pass the main stress test on the last day of the preliminary stage: it is in the match with the Swedes, who are confident of second place, who will get the weaker opponent. from the opposite group.
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Finland – the owner of the most eminent composition of the championship, on the contrary, is not impressive. Suomi’s team lost to America (1:4) and Sweden (1:2 B), barely defeated Germany (4:3), experienced tremendous difficulties in the match against inexperienced France (5:3) and only in the Hungarians. he could take their souls (7:1). At the same time, there is no reason to believe that the Finns can become the defendants of a great sensation – the pool of points is enough to reach the playoffs, and the matches with the most dangerous teams are already over.
The sharpest fight takes place for the fourth ticket to the decisive stage. The Danes formally look like the favourites, but the lead over Germany is only two points, and they still have to play against the Finns and the Swedes. At the same time, the Germans did not have to lose face to the Hungarians and the French.
Switzerland took the lead in Pool B against Canada. The Crusaders conceded just two goals in four games and earned 100% of the points. However, they have yet to meet direct competitors. It is true that the last thesis applies equally to Canadians and Czechs. The “distribution” of places from first to third will take place in the last days of the group stage, when the favorites will still face each other.
What about Kazakhstan?
The Kazakhstan national team went to Europe weakened, without Andrei Skabelka and a whole group of naturalized hockey players. Paradoxically, his absence played in the team’s favor: the Kazakhs, as expected, lost to the three leaders of the group, but defeated the Norwegians and even the Slovaks after extra time. Now Galym Mambetaliev’s subordinates have a chance to enter the playoffs. The key match in this section will take place tonight, when the team will play the last 4 Latvians.
Well done Kazakhstan! He was ruled out beforehand and started the World Cup with a big win.
At the same time, the fate of the Kazakhs does not depend only on themselves. A win over the tournament hosts will not lift them above fifth place. Moreover, it is not enough to win even two matches in a row (Slovenia will become the next and last opponent of Kazakhstan), at the same time it is necessary to wait for synchronized failures from Latvia and Slovakia. But the Norwegians are unlikely to interfere in the fight for the playoffs – Canada and the Czech Republic await them in the final part of the group stage.
In group A, there are two obvious candidates for relegation. So far, the Hungarians are looking a bit more cheerful, but to secure a place in the elite division beforehand, they need to pull off a feat. The most probable thing is that the last team, and therefore descended, will be the one that loses the match between Hungary and Austria. It will take place on May 22.
One of the relegated teams will be replaced by Poland:
For the first time since 2002, the Polish team returns to the elite division of the Ice Hockey World Championship.
The main loser of group B has already been determined, and this is Slovenia, the only team that has not yet managed to clinch the points. In the next two matches, with Slovakia and Kazakhstan motivated, they need to score at least five points. It is almost impossible to believe in such a plot twist. However, relatively recently it was not easy to imagine the Slovenes in their current position either. Five years ago they played at the Olympic Games, and in Sochi 2014 they tormented the Russian national team.