KHL Game Day Preview | September 11, 2022

Avangard, CSKA seeking wins on the road

Avangard, who starts the 2022-2023 campaign on a twelve-game road trip due to difficulties with its new arena to open on time for the start of the season, faces Avtomobilist. It won’t be an easy game as the Motormen had a good first part and their key player – Stephane Da Costa – is on fire lately.

CSKA will pay a visit to Yaroslavl. Lokomotiv had a few nice games this season, and Igor Nikitin will be determined to defeat its former side.

The KHL matchday starts early, with Admiral welcoming Kunlun Red Star. After the Far East showdown, Sibir hosts Traktor with its starting goalie Anton Krasotkin topping the league with a 98.8% saves percentage. Four games are on tap on an exciting KHL Sunday.

10:00: Admiral (1-2-1) vs Kunlun Red Star (1-2-1)

About the game

Admiral starts a five-game home series and lost its previous two games.

Kunlun Red Star, who has already defeated the Sailors earlier this season (3:1) is in the middle of a three-game road trip and is on a three-match losing streak.

Admiral’s forward Alexander Gorshkov is on a three-game scoring streak, with 3 (1+2) points over that span.

Injury list

Admiral: Semyon Ivanov, Yury Pautov, Yegor Rykov, Alexander Shevchenko.

Milestone alert

Admiral’s forward Nikolajs Jelisejevs lines up for his 100th KHL game.

12:30: Sibir (3-1-0) vs Traktor (1-3-0)

About the game

Sibir is in the middle of a three-game home series and won its previous couple of matches.

Traktor is in the middle of a three-match road trip and lost to Salavat Yulaev on Friday (2:3).

Sibir’s goalie Anton Krasotkin is on a 95:33 shutout streak. 

Injury list

Traktor: Sergei Telegin.

Milestone alert

Sibir’s forward Denis Golubev can reach 100 KHL points, while Traktor’s forward Sergei Kalinin may record his 100th assist.

15:00: Avtomobilist (2-1-1) vs Avangard (0-3-0) 

About the game

Avtomobilist starts a four-game home series and is on a two-game losing streak.

Avangard is at its fourth of a twelve-match road trip and is yet to record its first win.

Avtomobilist’s forward Stephane Da Costa is on a three-game scoring streak, with 5 (2+3) points over that span.

Injury list

Avtomobilist: Georgy Belousov, Arsen Khisamutdinov, Alexei Makeyev, Johan Mattsson.

Milestone alert

Avtomobilist’s Pavel Kulikov may reach 100 KHL points (currently at 99).

His teammate, goalie Igor Bobkov, may record his 30th career shutout.

Avangard’s blueliner Damir Sharipzyanov is seeking his 100th career point (currently at 99).

17:30: Lokomotiv (2-1-1) vs CSKA (2-2-0)

About the game

Lokomotiv starts a three-game home series and lost to Vityaz on Friday (3:4 OT).

CSKA ends a two-match road trip and lost its previous couple of games.

Lokomotiv’s forward Denis Alexeyev is on a three-game scoring streak, with 5 (1+4) points over that span.

Lokomotiv’s defenseman Andrei Sergeyev is on a four-game scoring streak, with 5 (0+5) points.

Lokomotiv’s forward Yegor Averin is on a three-game scoring streak, with 5 (2+3) points.

His teammate, Maxim Shalunov, also had 5 (2+3) points recently, but he took four games to get to this achievement.

Lokomotiv’s defenseman Alexander Yelesin is on a three-game scoring streak, with 3 (1+2) points.

Injury list

Lokomotiv: Alexei Marchenko.

Milestone alert

Lokomotiv’s forward Yegor Averin is hunting his 300th KHL point (currently at 298).

CSKA’s forward Mikhail Grigorenko may net his 100th goal tonight (currently at 98).


Trail Smoke Eaters split weekend series against Wenatchee With Win Saturday Afternoon

Smoke Eaters Take 5-0 Lead, Win 7-2 To Split Exhibition Series, Quinn Disher 4 Goals, Adam Marshall and Josh Schenk 3 Assists Each, Smokies Outshot 49-26

By Andrew Chernoff, CanucksBanter

In a high scoring one sided exhibition game, it was the Smokies who scored early compared to last night, building up a 5-0 lead before the Wild finally got on the scoreboard in the last minute of the middle period. Trail would add two more goals, Wenatchee one more for a 7-2 Smoke Eaters win to even their exhibition record at 1-1.

Trail led 2-0 after the opening period.

For the second consecutive game the Smokies netminders were seeing pucks frequently with shots being 10-7, 18-11 and 21-8.

The Smoke Eaters will have to work on their defensive game as future high scoring games for wins may not be as easy to come by as they were tonight.

The Smokies play the Cranbrook Bucks in a home and away exhibition game series starting Friday, September 16 in Trail and continuing in Cranbrook on Saturday.

Be there or be square.

Source:, bchl