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Harijs Vitolins speaks before the match with Avangard

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- Will Anton Belov and Pavel Datsyuk play?

- No, neither of them will participate. Anton is improving, I think he will play during the road trip. We're also planning to give Pavel Datsyuk matches in the away series. However, at the moment, they are both preparing.

- Avangard have lost a few away games recently. How dangerous are they?

- They have a good team which is among the leaders in their conference, so it will be a serious match. We have analysed how they play. I think that the guys will have a good mindset.

- It was a large victory against Barys, but the match lasted for a long time. Did the long breaks make things more difficult for you?

- No, because the score was big. The last few minutes dragged on. Nevertheless, the guys had good movement following our rest. We felt that the guys missed playing ice hockey, they scored beautiful goals. We need to do the same today.

- Ahead of the road trip, what's the most important thing?

- All national team candidates need to show what they're capable of. Both the senior and Olympic teams will play in tournaments. They should get pleasure from playing in these matches and prove why they are being selected for the national team.

Harijs Vitolins speaks before the match with Avangard

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