Sergei vs. Sergey: A Complete Analysis of the Russian Olympic Team

February 16th, 2010 by Sergey Zikov Leave a reply »
The board is set, the pieces are moving, and the day has finally come when Team Russia hits the ice in Vancouver in search of their first Olympic Gold medal since the Unified Team in 1992.

General Manager Vladislav Tretiak has assembled what he believes to be the best squad since the fall of the Soviet Union, but can it actually live up to those lofty expectations?

Well, here to answer that and all other questions about the 2010 edition of the Sbornaya are Sergei Miledin and myself, Sergey Zikov.

While the two countrymen share the same first name, that is about all they share.

Born in Moscow, Sergei Miledin is an avid supporter of all things Spartak Moscow; he also just experienced the childhood euphoria of his New Jersey Devils signing Ilya Kovalchuk.

On the other hand, Sergey Zikov was born in Russia's second capital and supports the arch-rivals of Spartak, Zenit St. Petersburg. He is also a big fan of the Devils' Atlantic Division rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins. But now, they are united under one banner.

First, let's take a look at the roster and see what Slava Bykov's line combinations might be.

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