9. SKA, 7 matches, 4 regulation victories, 1 penalty shootout victory, 2 regulation defeats, goal difference 24-14, 10 points
24. Amur, 7 matches, 1 regulation victory, 5 regulation defeats, 1 overtime defeat, goal difference 12-27, 3 points
Amur have endured a somewhat trying start to the 2021/2022 KHL regular season. In their seven games to date, the Khabarovsk-based outfit have only earned the one home victory against Severstal Cherepovets (3:2) while conceding six defeats to HC Sochi (away, 0:4), Spartak Moscow (away, 1:3), Avangard Omsk (away, 2:3 OT), Barys (away, 2:3), Dynamo Moscow (home, 2:6) and Metallurg Magnitogorsk (home, 2:6). Following their recent thrashing suffered against Magnitigorsk, the Amur management decided to sack Vladimir Vorobyov’s coaching staff, promptly hiring familiar face Mikhail Kravets as the team’s new head coach. Interestingly, Amur are yet to formally confirm Vorobyov’s sacking, but it’s no secret that he is no longer in charge of the team.
Nevertheless, despite their uninspiring form, Amur can be dangerous for any team on their day, something which their hard-earned point away at reigning Gagarin Cup champions Avangard proved. Moreover, during the pre-season, Amur notably managed to gain four wins against capital clubs Dynamo (2:1), Spartak (3:2, 4:3 SO) and CSKA (3:2).
Czech forwards David Tomasek (3+2) and Radan Lenc (1+2) - both new signings - will offer the SKA defence problems, as will experienced KHL forwards Vladimir Galuzin (0+3), Gleb Zyryanov (2+0), Vladimir Butuzov (1+1), Andrei Alexeev (0+2) and Ilya Zubov (0+0). Dangerous defensemen Sergei Tereshchenko (3+0) and former Carolina Hurricanes representative Michal Jordan (1+0) have to be kept under control at the blue line.
After two successive avoidable defeats to Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg at home (2:4) and Torpedo in Nizhny Novgorod (2:3), SKA got back on track in the past two matches, seeing off Spartak and Sochi by a score of 2:0 in consecutive road matches. Solid goaltender Lars Johansson was indeed the star of the show for our team, stopping all 45 shots he faced across those two particular games.
25-year-old forward Andrei Kuzmenko is currently our top scorer with eight (1+7) points to his name. Fellow forwards Kirill Marchenko (4+2), Joonas Kemppainen (3+3) and Anton Burdasov (3+3) have all picked up six points for SKA.
In the KHL, SKA and Amur have competed against each other in Saint Petersburg on 17 occasions, with our players having registered 16 wins. The only defeat arrived in January 2016 (1:2 OT). The 2020/2021 campaign saw SKA emerge victorious 3:1 in Khabarovsk and 5:3 at home.
Lars Johansson: 5 appearances, 3 regulation victories, 91 saves made, save percentage 96.8%, goals against average 0.70, 2 shutouts
Alexander Samonov: 4 appearances, 1 regulation victory, 1 penalty shootout victory, 2 regulation defeats, 70 saves made, save percentage 86.4%, goals against average 4.06
Evgeny Alikin: 5 appearances, 1 regulation victory, 3 regulation defeats, 1 overtime defeat, 130 saves made, save percentage 88.4%, goals against average 3.85
Patrik Bartosak: 3 appearances, 3 regulation defeats, 66 saves made, save percentage 88.0%, goals against average 3.51
WHERE TO WATCH
Puck-drop at the Saint Petersburg Ice Palace is scheduled for 19:30 local time. KHL TV and Channel 78 will provide a television broadcast in Russia, whereas you can watch a live video on the KHL’s official website worldwide. Text updates will be provided on our Twitter account.