November 11, 2008

Metallurg Mg. - Dinamo Riga, game preview

Metallurg Magnitogorsk VS Dinamo Riga

Metallurg Magnitogorsk is currently one of the top teams in the league, they are strong in all lines, hey are currently placed 6th with 10 Wins, 5 Overtieme Wins and 8 Loses averaging 2.86 goals for and 2.52 goals against in 23 games.Their top player currently is Jan Marek, who is also league leader in goals and points, with impressive 19 goals and 13 assists in 23 games, also notable players are defenceman Vitaly Atyushov , who has 15 points, forward Aleksey Kaigrodov with 18 points. They are usualy rotating their goaltenders both are equal players if you look at their stats. I think that their starting goalie against Dinamo Riga will be Ilja Proskuryako who seems a bit better then Belorussian Andrei Mezin this season.

Metallurg Magnitogorsk has won 3 times in Russian Superleague, last champions title was in season 2007, they have recently won European Champions Cup, earning them game in Victoria Cup against NHL's team New York Rangers, where they lost 3-4.

I hope that for this game Dinamo Riga players will come out fresh, because they had 2 weeks free time, only game were played against Liapajas Metalurs as an exhibition match, they have also viewed newest James Bond movie, maybe they will be inspired by it :). I predict that this game will be equal, only Metallurg seems as better side. Starting goalie in this game, in my opinion will be Sergejs Naumovs for Dinamo Riga. Well, I hope for all the best.

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