I first posted this in the GDT, but realized that my comments are more appropriate for a transition topic toward the next game - I'd like to hear some thoughts on what specific improvements can Russia make going forward... Some thoughts on the game: 1. Hell yeah, we win!!! 2. Big relief for players and coaches, pressure is off until quarters, so they will stay fresher mentally.. 3. Russia became solid on D only after Naby made a few huge early stops - we'll never know how the game would have gone if Russia fell behind early.. 4. Sweden does not have the personnel to make comebacks. 5. Russia showed it can be disciplined with a solid lead. If we can play like that when the score is tied or we're behind by a goal, thats when everybody should get scared.. 6. Players: Nabokov was spotless.. the "C" has turned Kovalev into a monster, he's doing everything.. Happy for the RSL line, maybe these guys will start finishing now. Ovy is scraping goals from thin air, and destroying people in his spare time. Afinogenov is mostly playing stupid. Kovalchuk... not really a factor.. PK unit looked good, I think its a smart use of Vishnu and Zhukov - they're not so mobile, but on PK they do a good job clearing traffic, freeing up 5-on-5 time for the other d-men - good job Krikunov on that. I don't know what Russia can work on in the games vs KAZ, LAT, except just improve overall feel for each other. I think the lines will stay the same, even though some things do not feel right - unless some permutation really makes sense, better to leave them as is and let them figure it out. I like Kovalev-Datsyuk, Su-Malkin-Kharitonov, Yashin-Ovy links.. Kovalchuk is underperforming, Afinogenov is doing far too many stupid things, Frolov is lost in the shuffle.. but what to do about it? Maybe Frolov would be a better fit on the top line, but it will stay as is, because where else can Kovalchuk play? Kovy has to find a way to be more effective, though, especially with these incredible linemates... he's the X factor on offense - our other star forwards are pulling their weight.. I say try Frolov with Ovy and Yashin, this will be a solid line, and they'll generate plenty of offense once Afinogenov stops turning over the puck. Demote Afinogenov to the 4-th, let him do whatever he wants, as long as Kozlov and Korolyuk play tight on D. There is enough firepower on lines 1-3... what do you think? Afinogenov is playing out-of-control, and Frolov is better than what he has had a chance to show.. Your thoughts?