KHL Game Day Preview | September 20, 2022

Avtomobilist eyeing fifth straight win travelling to Kazakhstan!

The Motormen had a striking start of the season and they are currently on a four-game winning streak – they only lost twice this season, and they are looking to stretch their streak in a road game in Nur-Sultan. The Kazakhs had a rocky start of the 2022-2023 campaign, and while they improved lately, facing Avto will be a hard task for the Andrei Skabelka’s men.

Earlier, Sibir faces Neftekhimik. The Novosibirsk side slowed down a bit after a fast start, and they lost twice in a row, including against the aforementioned Barys. They will face a slumping Neftekhimik squad in a home game, and while on paper they should have no problems, in a single game anything can happen, including considering that the Wolves will have to win, sooner or later. 

The action then moves to the Western Conference. Kunlun Red Stars welcomes CSKA at home trying to build a winning streak after defeating HC Sochi on home soil on Friday. The Muscovites instead have an ongoing streak, and they will want to stretch it further. A showdown between Dinamo Minsk and Severstal closes a light KHL Tuesday.

15:30: Sibir (4-3-1, 5th E) vs Neftekhimik (0-6-1, 11th E)

About the game

Sibir starts a two-game home series and lost its previous couple of games.

Neftekhimik ends a three-game road trip and lost its first seven matches of the season.

Injury list

Sibir: Vadim Kudako.

Milestone alert

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

16:30: Barys (3-4-1, 7th E) vs Avtomobilist (6-1-1, 1st E)

About the game

Barys enters the final of a five-game home series fresh off a win over Sibir on Sunday (2:0).

Avtomobilist starts a two-game road trip and won its previous four matches.

Barys’ goalie Nikita Boyarkin is on an 83:44 shutout streak.

Barys’ forward Linden Vey is on a four-game scoring streak, with 7 (4+3) points over that span.

Barys’ defenseman Jesse Graham had one assist over his latest three games.

Avtomobilist’s forward Brooks Macek is on a four-game scoring streak, with 9 (3+6) points over that span.

His teammate, forward Curtis Valk, is also on a four-game scoring streak, with 7 (1+6) points.

Injury list

Avtomobilist: Alexei Makeyev, Valery 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.

19:00: Kunlun Red Star (2-4-1, 10th W) vs CSKA (5-2-0, 3rd W)

About the game

Kunlun Red Star is in the middle of a three-game home series and defeated HC Sochi on Friday (3:1).

CSKA starts a two-match road trip being on a three-game winning streak.

Kunlun Red Star’s forward Tyler Wong is on a three-game scoring streak, with four helpers over that span.

CSKA’s defensemen Nikita Nesterov and Fredrik Claesson are on an identical three-game scoring streak, with 4 (1+3) points.

Injury list

Kunlun Red Star: Cliff Pu. 

Milestone alert

CSKA’s forward Danil Yurtaikin lines up for his 100th KHL game.

19:10: Dinamo Minsk (4-2-1, 7th W) vs Severstal (4-2-1, 5th W)

About the game

Dinamo Minsk is in the middle of a three-game home series and lost its previous couple of matches.

Severstal, who has already defeated Dinamo Minsk this season (5:2) ends a two-game road trip and lost to SKA on Sunday (2:1 SO).

Dinamo Minsk’s forward Brendon Kozun is on a six-game scoring streak, with 7 (4+3) points over that span.

Severstal’s forward Yegor Morozov is on a four-game scoring streak, with 5 (1+4) points.

Injury list

Severstal: Alexander Suvorov.

Milestone alert

Dinamo Minsk’s forward Igor Martynov lines up for his 100th KHL game tonight.


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