KHL Game Day Preview | September 25, 2022

Ak Bars hosts Traktor on an Eastern showdown

The KHL matchday starts in the Western Conference, when a slumping Vityaz side tries to invert the trend hosting Sibir. The Novosibirsk side, however, had an excellent start of the season and despite the recent loss to Avtomobilist is the fourth seed of the East.

The action then moves to Kazan, where Ak Bars welcomes Traktor. Both teams can be considered a disappointment so far – especially Traktor – but thing may change should a victory in a tight matchup erupts. And this game is a nice chance for both teams to start getting things going the right way, with Ak Bars’ Alexander Radulov trying to reach the 200-goal mark.

After a tough loss to Torpedo, Avangard tries to improve its stock in Nizhnekamsk – the only team without a win so far. The Hawks are getting closer to the end of its 12-game road trip to start the season, and they are improving of late. However, Neftekhimik is yet to get a win and, sooner or later, they will eventually take two points. Moreover, the boards had a few moves on the market this week, and maybe the roster’s shift will work. 

A showdown between HC Sochi and Amur closes a light KHL Sunday. Both teams are on a losing streak, and a win may invert the trend for either the Black Sea or the Far East franchise.

14:00: Vityaz (4-3-2, 8th W) vs Sibir (5-4-1, 4th E) 

About the game

Vityaz enters the second of a four-game home series on a five-match losing streak.

Sibir, which recorded its latest away win over Vityaz on Sep 30, 2018 (4:3), starts a four-match road trip and lost to Avtomobilist on Thursday (3:5).

Injury list

Vityaz. Alexander Avtsin.

Sibir: Vadim Kudako.

Milestone alert

Sibir’s forward Taylor Beck lines up for his 300th KHL game.

17:00: Ak Bars (5-2-1, 3rd E) vs Traktor (4-6-0, 8th E)

About the game

Ak Bars ends a two-game home series and lost to Spartak on Wednesday (0:2).

Traktor ends a three-match road trip and defeated Neftekhimik on Friday (5:3).

Traktor’s forward Vladimir Tkachyov is on a four-game scoring streak, with 7 (5+2) points over that span.

Milestone alert

Ak Bars’ forward Alexander Radulov may tally his 200th KHL goal. 

17:00: Neftekhimik (0-8-1, 11th E) vs Avangard (3-6-1, 9th E) 

About the game

Neftekhimik is in the middle of a three-game home series and lost all nine games since the start of the season.

Avangard is at its eleventh of a twelve-game road trip and lost to Torpedo on Friday (2:4).

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

17:00: HC Sochi (1-8-0, 11th W) vs Amur (3-5-1, 10th E) 

About the game

HC Sochi enters the third of a four-match home series on a five-game losing streak.

Amur starts a four-game road trip and lost its previous four matches.

Injury list

Amur: Andrei Alexeyev, Vyacheslav Gretsky, Michal Jordan.

Milestone alert

HC Sochi’s forward Vasily Glotov may reach 100 KHL games.

Amur’s forward Igor Rudenkov is on the lookout for his 100th KHL point.


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