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today 07:30 After three losses at the World Cup with stronger opponents on paper, Slovakia is waiting for a series of compulsory rides. A private preliminary round of quarter-finals will kick off Craig Ramsay’s charges on Friday night’s match against Kazakhstan. But nothing easy awaits them. Last year, the Kazakhs enchanted the people with their tenacity and fought to the last breath for the historically first quarterfinals. They missed it for a worse match with Canada. They were unable to repeat similarly satisfactory performances this year, and so their repair turned into a struggle for survival in an elite group. So far, they have lost all four fights, with Denmark high (1: 9), France (1: 2) and Switzerland narrowly (2: 3) and not even the favored Canada (3: 6) for points. The Kazakhs have the weakest goal post, weakenings and power-ups in the tournament, the effectiveness of the ending is minimal due to the number of shots. GOALKEEPERS In the tournament in Finland, Kazakhstan cannot rely on the services of Nikita Boyarkin, whose proven interventions were held by the team in the playoffs. Last year’s number two Andrej Šutov took over the post of the unit after him. The young goalkeeper caught only 17 matches in the club season, but won them all. He scored one of the starts in the KHL, the rest in the highest league of Kazakhstan. He is not very successful at the World Championships, he has collected an average of 4 goals in four matches and his success rate is below 90 percent. photo gallery of the World Hockey Championship 2022: Canada – Kazakhstan Source: SITA His back is covered by Ilya Rumyantsev, whom he has been declared the best goalkeeper of the highest domestic competition for two years in a row. Out of 37 matches in the basic part, he led 31 to the winning end, covering 94-percent of the opponent’s shots. He got the chance in the opening match with Denmark after Shutov collected five goals. He stopped 15 of 19 shots from the position of two and scored two penalty minutes for delaying the game. He has not received any space since this duel. The substitute is Sergei Kudryavtsev, a player from the second Russian league. He is still waiting for his championship debut. DEFENDERS The leader of the defense is the Swedish version of Zdena Chára. The experienced 30-year-old Viktor Svedberg, who has dual citizenship, measures 206 centimeters and has played in the NHL in the past. It is difficult to overlook him on the ice not only for height but also for physical play and strong defensive thinking. It is even harder to take his puck, but he is not very agile and reacts more slowly to quick escapes. He played in the KHL last season. His partner in the first pair is Samat Danijar, who played up to two playoffs in the season, one in the domestic competition and the other in the KHL. photo gallery Viktor Svedberg Source: twitter.com/AstanaBarys In the second pair plays the team’s youngest defender and KHL player Valery Orechov. Although he is only 22 years old, he wears the jersey of the senior national team in the fourth tournament, in 2019 he participated in the return of Kazakhstan to the hockey elite. With two goals and assistance, he is not only the most productive defender, but also the team scorer in the tournament. The pair with him is another double citizenship, Jesse Blacker. The native Canadian tried his luck in overseas lower competitions, he also played a few games in the NHL. After 2016, Europe took the lead. He played in Germany, then in China for Kunlun Red Star and after this engagement he remained in the KHL. In the last season he scored 24 points for 5 goals and 19 assists, a more offensive feeling and willingness to help the attack is also shown in the tournament. With two points, he is one of the team’s mainstays. The third pair consists of the oldest back Leonid Metalnikov, who represents Kazakhstan in the fourth tournament, but for the first time at the elite level, and the universal Adil Beketyev, who with his high productivity in the season asked for a place in the tournament. The seventh back is Jegor Šalapov from KHL, on the eve of the meeting with Slovakia he replaced Samat Danijar in the first pair. ATTACKERS Kazakhstan’s offensive productivity is one of the weakest in the tournament. He had only four goals in the match with Canada, three of which were scored by two defenders. One had Kirill Savicki on the account, the wing of the third attack and a KHL player who scored only five times. The new two shooters found themselves in a match against Canada, when Yegor Petuchov and Arkady Shestakov scored. Kirill Savickij rippled Canada’s network again. The biggest disappointments are Nikita Michailis and Curtis Valk, who played together in one attack for Barys Nur-Sultan at the end of the season and gained 85 points in the basic part from the cooperation. In the second formation at the championship, they have produced four points for assists so far. Nevertheless, it will be important to pay attention to the Kazakh version of Marek Hrivík and Petr Cehlárik. Curtis Valk is a native Canadian who played only one game in the NHL and Nikita Mikhailis the son of a national team coach. Hockey World Cup 2022 photo gallery: France – Kazakhstan. Source: SITA Other shooters who could be born in the match with Slovakia include the experienced team captain Roman Starchenko, the best forward and champion of the Kazakh league Mikhail Rachmanov and his club teammate Sajan Danijar. MATCH WITH SLOVAKIA Slovakia has competed only four times in the World Cup with Kazakhstan and always successfully. The last win was born 10 years ago on the road to silver in Helsinki. Despite the positive balance, Craig Ramsay’s charges have a tough match ahead of them. After three losses, a mandatory victory is expected in an effort to catch up to the quarterfinals. However, the Kazakhs, who in turn want to save a place in the elite group, will also earn points hard. In addition, they are improving from match to match, after the initial debacle from the Danes, they managed to bother the Canadians in the first period in the fourth match. photo gallery Slovakia – Kazakhstan at the Ice Hockey World Championships on May 9, 2012 in Helsinki Source: TASR They will play hard, defend conscientiously and wait for Slovak mistakes. However, their lineup is weaker and they often commit unnecessary fouls. In addition, the opponent will have an exhausting duel with Canada at his feet. Both teams have a similar level of shooting efficiency, but the Slovaks are much stronger in all other aspects of the game. MUTUAL MATCHES WITH SLOVAKIA AT THE World Championships IN THE LAST 10 YEARS 2012 Slovakia – Kazakhstan 4: 2 CHANCE AT THE World Championships Last year’s miracle, when Kazakhstan fought for the historically first participation in the quarterfinals until the last minute, will not be repeated in this tournament. The players will fight to stay in the group, which they should do at the expense of Italy. If they do not manage to collect points in matches with Slovakia or Germany, the final duel with the Italians will decide whether they will remain. PROGRAM FOR MS 20.5. (Friday): 19.20 Slovakia 22.5. (Sunday): 15.20 Germany 23.5. (Monday): 15.20 Italy Read also the program of the matches of the Slovak Hockey World Championship 2022 Read also the World Hockey World Championship 2022: Everything you need to know about the championship in one place

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