October is generally a busy month for SKA. 122 (23%) of SKA's 535 KHL regular season matches have taken place in October, while January is in second place with 100 games.
During October 2017, SKA earned a record ten regulation victories. Another one was earned in overtime. This is the first October when our players have won all six away matches, gaining a positive goal difference of 30-6.
In the past two years, not one defeat has been dropped in regulation time during October. 22 wins have been registered out of 25 fixtures in 2016 and 2017.
Three years ago in 2014, SKA managed to win eight consecutive home matches, with only one being earned in overtime. In 2017, our goaltenders prevented the opponents from scoring in three matches out of seven in Saint Petersburg.
However, in 2010 and 2015, SKA only won one out of four home matches.
SKA play well on the road in October. In eight of the previous ten seasons, SKA have won more away games in this month than defeats.
SKA players in October
Goalkeepers: Igor Shestyorkin (12 victories in 14 matches), Mikko Koskinen (12 victories in 20 matches), Ilya Ezhov (12 victories in 23 matches). In both 2016 and 2017, Igor Shestyorkin won six out of seven matches. In 2012, Sergei Bobrovsky took six wins from eight fixtures.
Overall, Dmitry Kalinin is still SKA's most productive defenseman in October with 22 points (6+16) in 57 matches. Nevertheless, Vyacheslav Voynov has seven October goals to be the new top goalscorer among defensemen. Maxim Chudinov has 16 assists.
In 2012, Kevin Dallman earned 10 October points (4+6), a club record.
From just 77 games, Ilya Kovalchuk holds an impressive points total of 99 (37+62). He has taken at least a point in 61 of those games.
Artemiy Panarin holds the goalscoring record in October, scoring 10 in 2014.
Biggest October home victory: 6:0 against Jokerit (8th of October 2016), 6:0 against Medvescak (27th of October 2016).
Biggest October away victory: 7:0 against Traktor Chelyabinsk (16th of October 2013).
Largest October home defeat: 0:3 loss to Lokomotiv (10th of October 2015).
Largest October away defeat: 2:5 against Dynamo Moscow (9th of October 2010), 2:5 against Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (1st of October 2013).