8. SKA, 16 matches, 8 regulation victories, 1 overtime victory, 2 penalty shootout victories, 4 regulation defeats, 1 penalty shootout defeat, goal difference 50-32, 23 points
5. Dynamo Moscow, 16 matches, 12 regulation victories, 4 regulation defeats, goal difference 59-36, 24 points
There’s no denying that Dynamo have been one of the stand-out teams during the opening weeks of the 2021/2022 KHL regular season. Playing with confidence and effectiveness, the capital outfit have won 12 of their maiden 16 games, with all of their victories arriving in regulation time. Dynamo’s four defeats have been suffered against Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (away, 2:4), Metallurg Magnitogorsk (home, 2:4), CSKA Moscow (home, 0:3) and Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (away, 1:3). Nevertheless, it’s worth noting that three of those losses were conceded in their last four games. Dynamo’s only win in that stretch was a 3:2 home triumph over Severstal Cherepovets.
Dynamo replaced Vladimir Krikunov with familiar face Alexei Kudashov as their head coach after they were emphatically knocked out of the 2020/2021 Gagarin Cup playoffs by SKA by a score of 1-4. The likes of high-scoring forwards Dmitry Kagarlitsky and Dmitrij Jaskin took their leave in the off-season, something which many expected would consequently result in Dynamo losing their attacking power. However, with key 34-year-old forward Vadim Shipachyov in fantastic form as usual with 30 (10+20) points in 16 games, the Dynamo attack is still very dangerous. Fellow forwards Stanislav Galiev (10+7), Dmitry Rashevsky (9+5) and Rob Klinkhammer (3+7) will also form a real threat to the SKA defence.
Rashevsky has been particularly impressive with a large +11 plus-minus rating to his name, the best among Dynamo players. The 21-year-old competes in the second line among Klinkhammer and Eric O’Dell (4+4). At the blue line, ex-SKA defenseman Vyacheslav Voynov has been unstoppable in the campaign so far, picking up 16 (2+14) points in 14 appearances.
Forwards Oscar Lindberg (1+2) and Artyom Fyodorov (0+0) will miss this match for Dynamo through injury issues.
SKA are coming off the back of a thumping 5:0 victory against Salavat Yulaev Ufa in Bashkortostan on Sunday, as Lars Johansson gained his fifth shutout of the season and Vladislav Tsitsyura (3+1), Andrei Kuzmenko (3+12), Linden Vey (3+2) and Joonas Kemppainen (6+5) hit the jackpot. Our players will move into first position of the Western Conference this evening in the event of a win.
Lars Johansson: 11 matches, 7 wins, 1 defeat, 233 saves made, save percentage 95.9%, goals against average 1.03, 5 shutouts
Alexander Samonov: 5 matches, 2 wins, 2 defeats, 77 saves made, save percentage 84.6%, goals against average 4.37
Yaroslav Askarov: 4 matches, 2 wins, 2 defeats, 62 saves made, save percentage 92.5%, goals against average 1.53
Ivan Bocharov: 11 matches, 8 wins, 3 defeats, 288 saves made, save percentage 92.3%, goals against average 2.19, 1 shutout
Alexander Yeryomenko: 5 matches, 4 wins, 1 defeat, 132 saves made, save percentage 93.0%, goals against average 2.03, 1 shutout
WHERE TO WATCH
Puck-drop at the Saint Petersburg Ice Palace is scheduled for 19:30 local time. Match 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 available on our Twitter account.