Photo: Oksana Dzadan / AP / TT
Swedish cheers again? Bar Lindholm cheers after one of Sweden’s goals in last night’s 3-1 win over Slovakia. Will there be new chants against Russia’s nightmarish opponent?
The must-have matches are like sticks at Tre Kronor Hill.
Britain settled, and so did Slovakia.
Now the Swede needs to win against the Russian national team.
Then, perhaps, it will be the quarter-finals of Sweden in the Ice Hockey World Cup.
What: Ice Hockey World Cup, Group A.
Venue: Olympic Sports Center, Riga.
When: Monday 19.15.
TV / Radio: SVT2 and SVT Play / Radiosporten.
Team results so far, Russia: Czech Republic 4-3, Great Britain 7-1, Slovakia 1-3, Denmark 3-0, Switzerland 4-1. Sweden: Denmark 3-4, Belarus 0-1, Switzerland 7-0, Czech Republic 2-4, Great Britain 4-1, Slovakia 3-1.
Russian reinforcements: An already strong Russian team receives additional NHL boosts for the match against Sweden. Russian sports-express website wrote that it was Washington defender Dmitry Orlov, star striker and goal keeper Vladimir Taransko, St. Louis, who played his first World Cup match. Additionally, Michael Gregorenko, Buffalo, is back after injury. He has scored two goals and four points in two matches in the World Cup so far. Florida goalkeeper Sergey Bobrovsky is also in Riga, but he won’t be ready to play until next weekend.
Nightmare encounter: Russia has been a formidable opponent of Sweden in recent years. In the context of tournaments (World Cup for Games and Olympic Games), Sweden has won only one of its last 14 matches, in the 2018 Copenhagen World Cup when it was 3-1. Other than that, there have been 12 victories and draws for Russia since 2005. Russia needs one point to secure a place in the play-offs.
Case of injury: Striker Mario Kembe was knocked out after a kick against Slovakia last night and was replaced by Denis Rasmussen. Kempi is a question mark against Russia. Hill Nils Lundkvist and striker Karl Klingberg are already out of the rest of the World Cup Finals due to injuries.
Goalkeepers: 31 Alexander Samonov (60 Ivan Butgarov).
Bacar: 4 Vladislav Gavrikov, 9 Ivan Proforov, 16 Nikita Zadorov 27 Igor Oziganov, 87 Rojan Rafikov, 89 Nikita Nesterov, 98 Grigory Dronov, Dmitry Orlov.
Attackers: 8 Ivan Morozov, 10 Sergey Tolinskyj, 11 Dmitry Voronkov, 15 Pavel Karnushov, 25 Mikhail Grigorenko, 37 Gevgenig Timkin, 57 Artyom Segevits Rogovoy, 58 Anton Slybegev, 71 Anton Burdaslav, 72 Emil Glimov, 78 Vladon Maxav 81 Alexander Barabanov, Vladimir Tarasenko.
Orlov and Tarasenko are not officially registered yet, and therefore do not have shirt numbers.
Extra: 2 Artiom Zub, 21 Konstantin Okulov, 96 Andrej Kuzmenko.
Goalkeepers: 39 Adam Redburn, 30 Victor Fast, 33 Samuel Earson.
Back pair: 7 Henrik Tömmernes, 32 Magnus Nygren – 3 Klas Dahlbeck, 23 Jesper Sellgren – 20 Lawrence Pilot, 64 Jonathan Bodas – 50 Victor Love.
Strings: 24 Oskar Lindbergh, 17 Bar Lindholm, 67 Rickard Raquel – 19 Marcus Sorensen, 9 Adrian Kembe, 29 Mario Kembe / 70 Dennis Rasmussen – 51 Philip Hallander, 37 Isaac Lundstrom, 68 Victor Olofsson – 28 Jisper Freuden, 40 Andreas Wingerley, 12 Max Freiburg.
Additional players: 34 Albert Johansson, 15 Pontus Holmberg.