It looks like the “jokers” just can’t get together after the very successful Channel One Cup for the Finnish team. Representation of “Jokerit” in the national team was traditionally very decent, and now the coaching staff, who probably did not waste time during the European break, cannot bring the team to a common denominator.
Can Kunlun take advantage of this? Theoretically – quite. Moreover, as Alexei Kovalev told us in secret in the Hockey Department program, the preparation of the Chinese team is structured in such a way as to reach the peak of form after the New Year. And keep this peak in the Olympics. That is, now the Chinese are approaching this peak somewhere and, as we can see, they gnaw and drink a lot of blood from almost every opponent that comes their way.
And yet I will assume that Jokerit will not let themselves sink to a home defeat to the Chinese. Moreover, the team from the Middle Kingdom sits down at the end of the matches. I suppose that the period, or maybe two whole, “Kunlun” will withstand and, perhaps, will even lead in the account. But in the end, the Finns will overcome him and win in regulation time.