KHL Game Day Preview | September 18, 2022

CSKA, SKA seeking victories on home soil!

The action-packed KHL matchday starts in Kazakhstan, with Barys hosting Sibir. The Kazakhs didn’t have a good start of the season, and also lost on Avangard on Friday. On the other hand, Sibir is currently the third force in the East and will want to keep on pushing to propel its excellent start.

The action then moves to the Urals, where a red-hot Avtomobilist hosts a slumping Neftekhimik. It may look like a one-sided matchup, but the Wolves one day will get a win, and the Nikolai Zavarukhin’s men will try not to be that team. 

In the West, both CSKA and SKA hit the ice tonight with home games. The reigning Gagarin Cup champions host HC Sochi – they won 26 out of 27 games against the Black Sea franchise and it’s likely that the series will continue. SKA will have a more complicated matchup when they host Severstal. The St. Petersburg side is the only KHL team who is yet to lose a game, while Severstal is currently the sixth feed in the West. However, SKA will have to lose one day, will it be today?

Another exciting Moscow showdown sees Spartak hosting Ak Bars. The two teams are in opposite conditions – Spartak started well and slowed down, while Kazan struggled early, but is currently on a winning streak. Will Alex Radulov score another game-winner tonight?

14:00: Barys (2-4-1, 9th E) vs Sibir (4-2-1, 3rd E)

About the game

Barys plays the fourth of a five-game home series and lost to Avangard on Friday (2:5).

Sibir ends a two-match road trip and lost to Avtomobilist also on Friday (2:5).

Barys’ forward Linden Vey is on a three-game scoring streak, with 6 (4+2) points over that span.

Injury list

Sibir: Vadim Kudako.

Milestone alert

Sibir’s forward Denis Golubev may reach 100 KHL points (currently at 99).

15:00: Avtomobilist (5-1-1, 1st E) vs Neftekhimik (0-5-1, 11th E)

About the game

Avtomobilist ends a four-game home series and is on a three-match winning streak.

Neftekhimik is in the middle of a three-game road trip and is yet to win a match this season.

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

His teammate, forward Curtis Valk, is also on a three-game coring streak, with 6 (1+5) points.

Injury alert

Avtomobilist: Ilya Makeyev, Pavel Sitnikov.

Milestone alert

Avtomobilist’s forward Sergei Shirokov may reach 450 KHL points (currently at 449) and 200 KHL goals (currently at 197).

His teammate, Pavel Kulikov, and Sibir’s forward Denis Golubev may score their 100th career point (both are currently at 99).

Avtomobilist’s goalie Igor Bobkov may reach 30 KHL shutouts.

Neftekhimik’s defenseman Kirill Vorobyov and goalie Alexei Murygin may line up for their 300 KHL game.

17:00: Spartak (4-1-2, 3rd W) vs Ak Bars (4-1-1, 2nd E)

About the game

Spartak ends a two-game home series and lost its previous couple of matches.

Ak Bars ends a two-game road trip and is on a two-match winning streak.

Ak Bars’ forward Kirill Semyonov is on a five-game scoring streak, with 6 (2+4) points.

Injury list

Ak Bars: Artyom Lukoyanov.

Milestone alert

Spartak’s forward Andrei Loktionov may reach 200 career points (currently at 199).

17:00: CSKA (4-2-0, 8th W) vs HC Sochi (1-5-0, 11th W)

About the game

CSKA ends a two-game home series and won its previous couple of matches.

HC Sochi ends a three-game road trip and is on a three-match losing streak.

CSKA won its previous 17 games against Sochi. The latest, and so far only, defeat is dated Jan 04, 2016 (1:2). 

Milestone alert

CSKA’s forward Mikhail Grigorenko may reach 100 KHL goals (currently at 99).

HC Sochi’s forward Amir Garayev lines up for his 100th KHL game.

17:00: SKA (7-0-0, 1st W) vs Severstal (4-2-0, 6th W) 

About the game

SKA plays its lone home game of the series and won its starting seven games of the 2022-2023 campaign.

Severstal starts a two-game road trip fresh off a win over Dinamo Minsk on Wednesday (5:2).

SKA’s defenseman Igor Ozhiganov is on a three-game scoring streak, with 4 (2+2) points over that span.

Severstal’s forward Yegor Morozov is also on a three-game scoring streak, with 4 (1+3) points.

Injury list

SKA: Danila Moiseyev, Alexander Samonov, Artyom Shvets-Rogovoy.

Severstal: Alexander Suvorov.


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