KHL Game Day Preview | September 28, 2022

SKA faces Admiral at home trying to build a new streak

The KHL matchday starts in Chelyabinsk, with Traktor facing Kunlun Red Star – both teams are on the lookout for a win, with the Chelyabinsk side losing to Ak Bars on Sunday, and the Dragons on a three-match losing streak.

The action then moves westward, where Lokomotiv hosts Torpedo. The two teams have a diametrical opposite approach to the game, with the Igor Nikitin’s men playing a more conservative style and Igor Larionov’s creative ideas bringing Torpedo to the fourth place in the Western Conference’s standings so far.

Another exciting game will be the showdown of Spartak and Barys. Both teams are riding hot goalies between the piping, with Patrik Rybar and Nikita Boryakin both on shutout streaks and among the leaders in goalkeeping stats. In St. Petersburg, SKA welcomes Admiral trying to build a new winning streak after defeating Torpedo on Monday.

An evening confrontation of HC Sochi and Dinamo Minsk closes an action-packed KHL Wednesday – the Andrei Nazarov’s men are on a six-game losing streak and will want to get the best of Craig Woodcroft’s squad. But it won’t be easy – the Belarusians are showing good hockey so far, and they will want to return to victory after losing twice in a row.

17:00: Traktor (4-7-0, 10th E) vs Kunlun Red Star (3-7-1, 10th E)

About the game

Traktor starts a four-game home series after losing to Ak Bars on Sunday (2:3).

Kunlun Red Star ends a three-game road trip and lost its previous three matches.

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

Injury list

Kunlun Red Star: Cliff Pu, Tyler Wong.

19:30: Lokomotiv (6-3-2, 5th W) vs Torpedo (7-3-0, 4th W) 

About the game

Lokomotiv is at its third of a four-match home series and lost to Barys on Monday (0:1 SO).

Torpedo is in the middle of a three-game road trip and lost to SKA also on Monday (0:3).

Lokomotiv’s goalie Daniil Isayev is on an 84:09 shutout streak.

Injury list

Lokomotiv: Nikita Cherepanov, Alexei Marchenko.

Milestone alert

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

19:30: SKA (10-0-1, 1st W) vs Admiral (5-5-1, 7th E)

About the game

SKA ends a three-game home series and defeated Torpedo on Monday (3:0).

Admiral is at its third of a four-match road trip and defeated Severstal also on Monday (1:2 SO).

SKA’s goalie Dmitry Nikolayev is on an 87:35 shutout streak.

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

Admiral achieved its latest win in St. Petersburg on Jan 21, 2016 (4:3 SO).

Injury list

SKA: Danila Moiseyev, Mikhail Pashnin, Alexander Samonov, Artyom Shvets-Rogovoy,

Admiral: Danil Faizullin, Svyatoslav Grebenshchikov, Dinar Khamidullin, Vadim Khlopotov.

Milestone alert

SKA’s defenseman Roman Rukavishnikov lines up for his 500th KHL game tonight.

19:30: Spartak (6-2-3, 2nd W) vs Barys (5-5-1, 6th E)

About the game

Spartak starts a four-game home series after losing to CSKA (3:2 OT) on Monday.

Barys ends a three-game road trip and defeated Lokomotiv also on Monday (1:0 SO).

Spartak’s goalie Patrik Rybar is on a 68:37 shutout streak.

Barys’ goalie Nikita Boyarkin is on a 76:18 shutout streak.

Injury list

Spartak: Dmitry Kugryshev.

19:30: HC Sochi (1-8-1, 11th W) vs Dinamo Minsk (6-3-2, 6th W) 

About the game

HC Sochi ends a four-game home series and is on a six-match losing streak.

Dinamo Minsk ends a three-game road trip and lost its previous couple of matches.

Injury list

Dinamo Minsk: John Gilmour.


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