Skate America: Pang and Tong should walk away with this - but - Canada has 3 very nice teams in this grouping headed by Dube and Davison.I also like Russia's Efameiva and Menschikov; I think Nan/Leftheris should at least shine with a perfect routine, or look for new partners.
Skate Canada: Savchenko/Solchowy are out to win the Finals; Dube/Davison need a second place to get to the Finals. Buntin debuting his new team. Moskvina - Kawaguchi/Smirnov out to get back the heart of B&S; Vise and Trent to execute a throw quad!!. Vlassov/Meekins to get back the glory of the Junior gold.
Cup of China: Is TBA reallt Shen/Zhao? If not Pang and Tong should walk away with this and head to the Finals; Poland's P&M are a fun team; I think O&S and I&B have seen better days; My McLaughlin and Brubaker getting a taste of Seniors. How good will they be? N/L need a silver to go to Finals.
Eric Bombpard: (not the most interesting venue) Zhang and Zhang on the rebound; Pla/Bonheur a nice team. Have they improved? Mukhortova/Trankov a much ballywhood team. Let's see. I think Castile and Olkowsky was a bit of a fluke at Nats last year, but we can check this out.
Cup of Russia: Putnam and Wirtz could shine here. Zhang and Zhang hoping for a trip to the Finals; Savchenko/Szolkowy out to confirm their trip to the Finals; Kawaguchi/Smirnov could get a bronze here but M/T will also be going for that; Namiotka and Coughlin - I know the names but have never seen.
NHK Not the top draw listing but Innoue and Baldwin should win this. Maybe M&B will have sbs triiples by the time this is skated.