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Harijs Vitolins speaks before playing Salavat Yulaev

Harijs VitolinsSKA - Salavat Yulaev - 131017
HC SKA press-service

- It seems that some changes have been made to the line formations. Is this a reaction after losing to HC Sochi?

- Pavel Datsyuk has returned, while Nikolai Prokhorkin picked up a small injury. Of course changes are required, we need fresh blood.

- How did the team react to losing against HC Sochi? There's a feeling that the players feel more relaxed now.

- You always want to win. We created history, but now we have to concentrate on each separate game. We raised our level, and the guys should understand that they can't drop their level of performance. Sometimes games don't go your way, but the level and quality should always be the same.

- When will Nikolai Prokhorkin return from injury?

- It's difficult to say, that's a question for the doctors. He certainly won't play today.

- SKA lost, but Jokerit have now won 13 consecutive matches. Are you looking forward to playing them on the 21st?

- We have serious games coming up before then. Ufa are on a high, Ak Bars are always strong, and Neftekhimik are a difficult team to play against. We have a full week before the match with Jokerit.

Harijs Vitolins speaks before playing Salavat Yulaev

- After losing 1:6 to SKA at home, Salavat will be hungry for revenge. What changes do you expect from them?

- Everyone wants revenge against us. I think that they will pay more attention to discipline in this game, because we scored four powerplay goals in Ufa. They will try not to take penalties. Their powerplay is good, especially with players like Teemu Hartikainen and Philip Larsen. A lot will depend on discipline and who scores on their chances. I think that it will be an exciting game.

- Yegor Yakovlev and Anton Belov skated with those players who won't participate. How are they feeling?

- Yegor is improving, I think that he will be able to play more physically soon. This was the second time when Anton Belov skated. They both need time.

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