KHL Game Day Preview | September 29, 2022

Avtomobilist and Ak Bars battling for Eastern leadership!

Avtomobilist and Ak Bars both started well the season, being the second and third seed of the Eastern Conference, respectively. Things can change in the standings tonight – Avtomobilist may surpass Metallurg should they get any win over Kazan as the two sides collide in Yekaterinburg. Moreover, the Motormen don’t win against Ak Bars at home since five years – they will likely want to break the tradition.

The action then moves to Moscow with the Russian capital hosting two games. Dynamo hosts Amur and CSKA welcomes Sibir. The Blue-and-Whites are on a three-game winning streak, and forward Maxim Sushko is on the hunt of more goals after his Monday hat-trick. CSKA, instead, had a slower start of the season, but it’s catching up in the standings and a home game against Sibir seems to be the perfect way to climb up further. Three games are on tap on a light KHL Thursday.

17:00: Avtomobilist (8-2-1, 2nd E) vs Ak Bars (7-2-1, 3rd E)

About the game

Avtomobilist is in the middle of a three-game home series and won its previous couple of matches.

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

The Motormen have lost their previous eight home games to Ak Bars, with the most recent win dated Sep 06, 2017 (3:2).

Injury list

Avtomobilist: Jesse Blacker, Arsen Khisamutdinov, Pavel Kulikov, Alexei Makeyev.

Milestone alert

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

Avtomobilist’s forward Sergei Shirokov may become the sixth all-time KHL scorer, surpassing Matt Ellison and his 458 points (currently at 457).

Ak Bars’ forward Alexander Radulov may tally his 200th goal in the KHL (currently at 198).

19:30: Dynamo Moscow (8-3-0, 2nd W) vs Amur (4-6-1, 9th E) 

About the game

Dynamo is in the middle of a three-game home series and won its previous three matches.

Amur, whose forward Alexander Sharov had an assist in each of his previous three games, plays the third of a four-game road trip and lost to Vityaz on Tuesday (3:1).

Injury list

Dynamo Moscow: Bogdan Yakimov

Amur: Andrei Alexeyev, Vyacheslav Gretsky, Michal Jordan. 

Milestone alert

Dynamo Moscow’s defenseman Artyom Volkov lines up for his 200th KHL game.

Amur’s forward Igor Rudenkov is on the lookout for his 100th point in the KHL (currently at 99).

19:30: CSKA (6-3-1, 7th W) vs Sibir (6-4-2, 4th E) 

About the game

CSKA ends a two-game home series and defeated Spartak on Monday (3:2 OT).

Sibir is at its third of a four-match road trip and lost to Neftekhimik also on Monday (1:2 OT).

Sibir’s forward Taylor Beck is on a three-game scoring streak, with 4 (0+4) points over that span.

His teammate, defenseman Trevor Murphy, is on a four-game scoring streak, with 5 (1+4) points.

Injury list

Sibir: Vadim Kudako.

Milestone alert

CSKA’s goalie Adam Reideborn may reach 100 KHL games.

CSKA’s defenseman Artyom Sergeyev lines up for his 400th game in the KHL.

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


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.