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Salavat Yulaev - SKA. Introducing the opponents

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CURRENT STANDINGS

4. Salavat Yulaev, 15 matches, 10 regulation victories, 2 overtime victories, 3 regulation defeats, goal difference 47-23, 24 points

7. SKA, 15 matches, 7 regulation victories, 1 overtime victory, 2 penalty shootout victories, 4 regulation defeats, 1 penalty shootout defeat, goal difference 45-32, 21 points

FORM

This will be the second 2021/2022 KHL regular season meeting between these two teams. On September 23, Salavat Yulaev Ufa managed to defeat SKA 4:2 in Saint Petersburg, with Sakari Manninen, Shakir Mukhamadullin, Pyotr Khokhryakov and Danil Bashkirov sealing the deal for the Bashkir outfit. After initially falling three goals down, SKA did get back to within one through third-period markers from Anton Burdasov and Evgeny Timkin, but Salavat managed to ice it with an empty-netter from Bashkirov.

Salavat have indeed enjoyed an excellent start to the campaign. Coached by Tomi Lamsa, the Ufa-based organisation have displayed entertaining, effective ice hockey, winning 12 of their opening 15 games to only trail Traktor Chelyabinsk and Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the Eastern Conference. Their three defeats to date have been suffered against Severstal Cherepovets (away, 1:2), Sibir Novosibirsk (home, 1:3) and Ak Bars Kazan (away, 0:2). As usual, their top line consisting of Finnish forwards Manninen (8+6), Markus Granlund (2+12) and Teemu Hartikainen (5+3) has been on fire, while Salavat’s second attacking line of Sergei Shmelyov (5+7), Nikolai Kulyomin (8+2) and Alexander Kadeikin (2+8) is also in fantastic shape. Defenseman Mikhail Naumenkov (1+6), Mukhamadullin (2+2) and Pavel Koledov (0+4) are particularly dangerous at the blue line.

Salavat Yulaev - SKA. Introducing the opponents

Former SKA defenseman Dinar Khafizullin (0+1) is ruled out of this game as a consequence of being injured.

Lamsa’s troops are coming off the back of two successive wins against Sochi (away, 3:0) and Jokerit Helsinki (home, 3:2 OT). SKA, on the other hand, conceded a 0:3 defeat to Barys on the road in Kazakhstan on Friday in the first match of this particular away series. Previously, SKA had tallied three consecutive victories at home against Traktor (4:3 SO), Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk (2:0) and Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (1:0).

In-form forwards Anton Burdasov (8+6) and Andrei Kuzmenko (2+12) are currently our top scorers with 14 points each. At the point, defensemen Igor Ozhiganov (2+4) and Stepan Falkovsky (0+6) have both registered six points.

GOALKEEPING STATISTICS

SALAVAT YULAEV

Juha Metsola: 11 matches, 9 wins, 2 defeats, 259 saves made, save percentage 94.9%, goals against average 1.28, 2 shutouts

Alexander Sharychenkov: 4 matches, 3 wins, 1 defeat, 71 saves made, save percentage 89.9%, goals against average 2.05

SKA

Lars Johansson: 10 matches, 6 wins, 1 defeat, 208 saves made, save percentage 95.4%, goals against average 1.15, 4 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

WHERE TO WATCH

Puck-drop is scheduled for 14:30 Moscow time at the Ufa Arena in Ufa, Bashkortostan. KHL PRIME 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.

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