I don’t know what the hockey players of the HC “Sochi” were doing during the Europause. Of course, it is difficult to imagine that with Nazarov alive and well, they could have hit all the hard, so much so that at the end of the Channel One Cup they had to be gathered in taverns and other noisy establishments of our Olympic city. But the fact that during this pause the Sochi people did not work out is a fact that becomes clearly visible in comparison with the very same competitors who do not allow the southerners to approach the playoff zone of the Western Conference.
In contrast to the Sochi residents, Traktor performed the Europause quite well. So good that he continues to be one step away from first place not only in his Eastern Conference, but throughout the league. This, as far as I remember, has never happened in the history of Chelyabinsk citizens. But the point is not even in the very first place, but in the fact that the Chelyabinsk residents can throw off their bosom competitor from there (in the sense that they always strive to grab each other by the Adam’s apple) and their geographical neighbor. And this prize for Chelyabinsk citizens, I will tell you, is much sweeter than the intermediate first place.
Therefore, the over-motivated “Tractor” in Sochi will not talk to anyone, but will kill everyone who comes to his hand. The owners, of course, will resist as much as they can, but how much can they now? Therefore, it makes sense to predict two away points for Traktor, but whether the southerners have enough strength to hit at least one point – then decide for yourself.