KHL Game Day Preview | September 19, 2022

Avangard seeking its second straight win in Chelyabinsk!

The KHL Monday starts in the Far East, with Salavat Yulaev and Metallurg continuing their tour – if Magnitka has been quite successful, the Ufa side is on a losing streak, and risks to go even deeper in the standings as it faces Amur today. Admiral is currently – quite surprisingly – the third seed of the Eastern Conference, and it won’t be easy for Metallurg today.

In Chelyabinsk, Traktor hosts Avangard for a Russian hockey classic matchup. Both teams had a rocky start – especially Avangard – but are now seeking for new victories. The Hawks had their first win on Friday, and today they may reach two, but Traktor will not let them win just because – the temperature will be high at the Chelyabinsk Arena. 

In the Western Conference, Torpedo hosts Vityaz, while Dynamo Moscow welcomes Lokomotiv. Vityaz slowed down after a fantastic start, thus giving Torpedo a small advantage. The Igor Larionov’s men keep on showing good hockey and achieved another victory on Friday, when they defeated Spartak in OT, with a tally by Kenny Agostino.

The Blue-and-Whites are currently the second seed in the West, but lost to SKA on Friday. They will seek revenge today as they host Lokomotiv in another classic clash.

12:00: Amur (3-4-0, 6th E) vs Salavat Yulaev (2-3-2, 7th E)

About the game

Amur enters the fourth of a five-game home series on a two-match losing streak.

Salavat Yulaev is at the third of a four-game road trip and is on a three-match losing streak.

Injury list

Amur: Rafael Batyrshin, Alexander Gopiyenko, Ruslan Pedan.

Salavat Yulaev: Josh Ho-Sang.

Milestone alert

Salavat Yulaev’s forward Sergei Shmelyov may score his 100th goal (currently at 98).

Salavat Yulaev’s forward Stepan Sannikov may reach 200 KHL points (currently at 199).

Salavat Yulaev’s forward Stanislav Bocharov may score his 100th goal (currently at 99). 

12:30: Admiral (4-2-1, 3rd E) vs Metallurg (4-1-2, 2nd E)

About the game

Admiral is at its third home game of a four-match series and won its previous three contests.

Metallurg enters the third of a four-match road trip with three wins on a row.

Admiral’s defenseman Libor Sulak is on a four-game scoring streak, with 7 (3+4) points over that span.

Admiral’s forward Michal Kristov is on a three-game scoring streak, with 3 (1+2) points.

Admiral’s forward Alexander Gorshkov is on a six-game scoring streak, with 6 (3+3) points.

Injury list

Admiral: Dinar Khamidullin, Yury Pautov, Gleb Zyryanov.

Metallurg: Arkhip Nekolenko, Anatoly Nikontsev. 

17:00: Traktor (3-4-0, 8th E) vs Avangard (1-5-1, 10th E)

About the game

Traktor ends tonight a two-game home series and defeated Neftekhimik on Friday (4:0).

Avangard is at its eighth of a twelve-game road trip and finally had its first won of the season, against Barys on Friday (5:2).

Traktor’s goalie Ilya Proskuryakov is on a 103:20 shutout streak.

Traktor’s forward Anton Burdasov is on a five-game scoring streak, with 8 (5+3) points over that span.

Traktor’s forward Teemu Pulkkinen is on a three-game scoring streak, with 3 (2+1) points.

Avangard’s defenseman Alexei Bereglazov, who celebrates 500 KHL games tonight, is on a five-game scoring streak, with 5 (2+3) points.

Injury list

Traktor: Sergei Telegin.

Milestone alert

Traktor’s forward Sergei Kalinin may reach 100 KHL assists.

Avangard’s forward Vladimir Tkachyov may score his 150th assist (currently at 149).

19:00: Torpedo (4-2-0, 6th W) vs Vityaz (4-2-1, 4th W) 

About the game

Torpedo starts a three-game home series fresh off a win over Spartak on Friday (2:1 OT).

Vityaz ends a three-game road trip and lost its previous three games.

Torpedo’s forward Alexei Kruchinin is on a five-game scoring streak, with 9 (3+6) points over that span.

Vityaz’s goalie Maxim Dorozhko is on a 71:20 shutout streak.

19:30: Dynamo Moscow (5-2-0, 2nd W) vs Lokomotiv (3-3-1, 9th W) 

About the game

Dynamo Moscow ends a three-game home series and lost to SKA on Friday (2:3).

Lokomotiv starts a two-match road trip fresh off a win over Vityaz also on Friday (1:0 SO).

Dynamo Moscow’s forward Eric O’Dell is on a four-game scoring streak, with 4 (2+2) points over that span.

Dynamo Moscow’s goalie Ilya Konovalov is on a 69:37 shutout streak.

His opponent Daniil Isayev is on a 65:25 shutout streak.

Injury list

Dynamo Moscow: Bogdan Yakimov.

Lokomotiv: Alexei Marchenko.

Milestone alert

Lokomotiv’s defenseman Andrei Sergeyev lines up for his 600th KHL game.

Lokomotiv’s forward Yegor Averin may reach 300 KHL points (currently at 298).


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