SKA defeated Neftekimik for the tenth time. Six of those victories have come in Nizhnekamsk. The current series began on January 6, 2013. The only time when Neftekhimik defeated SKA at home was on November 19, 2010 (1:0).
Evgeny Ketov has competed in 275 SKA matches, overtaking Alexander Kucheryavenko (274) to move into fifth place for games played. Only Ilya Kovalchuk, Viktor Tikhonov, Vadim Shipachyov and Tony Martensson have played more.
Nikolai Prokhorkin has 24 points (11+13) in 35 matches this KHL season, setting a new personal record wih SKA. Last campaign, he earned 22 (9+13) during 59 games.
Finnish goalkeeper Mikko Koskinen has won all four SKA matches against Neftekhimik. He has only conceded three goals in those fixtures.
In his first match since returning to SKA, Norwegian forward Patrick Thoresen picked up an assist. Taking into account his goals and assists during the 2015 KHL Gagarin Cup final against Ak Bars Kazan, Patrick has taken points in three consecutive SKA appearances.