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SKA - Severstal. Introducing the opponents

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CURRENT STANDINGS

9. SKA, 32 matches, 14 regulation victories, 2 overtime victories, 3 penalty shootout victories, 8 regulation defeats, 2 overtime defeats, 3 penalty shootout defeats, goal difference 102-73, 43 points

7. Severstal, 32 matches, 13 regulation victories, 3 overtime victories, 4 penalty shootout victories, 8 regulation defeats, 2 overtime defeats, 2 penalty shootout defeats, goal difference 77-68, 44 points

FORM

This will be the second meeting between these two teams in the 2021/2022 KHL regular season. On September 2, SKA managed to defeat Severstal 3:2 in Cherepovets, with Kirill Marchenko, Fredrik Handemark and Linden Vey hitting the jackpot to secure a tough victory. Our goalkeeper Alexander Samonov stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced.

Despite their tight budget, Severstal really are enjoying an astounding campaign so far. Coached by the charismatic Andrei Razin, the Cherepovets-based outfit have taken the league by storm with their fearless, entertaining approach, matching the leading clubs and earning several surprising results. Incredibly, Severstal have tallied at least one point in their last 17 consecutive games; their last regulation defeat arrived on October 9 against Dynamo Moscow (2:3) in the Russian capital.

SKA - Severstal. Introducing the opponents

Severstal are coming into this match on the back of three successive wins against Vityaz Podolsk (away, 2:1 SO), CSKA Moscow (home, 3:0) and Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (home, 3:1). Their triumph over perennial favourites CSKA on home ice particularly caught the eye.

As a consequence of their success, Severstal are indeed occupying fourth spot of the Western Conference with 44 points, only four behind leaders Jokerit Helsinki with two games in hand. However, SKA are only trailing Severstal by the single point in fifth. A victory for SKA this evening will take our club up into third position of the conference above Severstal and Dynamo.

Vladislav Kodola (10+8), Daniil Vovchenko (8+9) and Adam Liska (7+8) are Severstal’s leading scorers, while fellow forwards Joonas Nattinen (7+6), Igor Geraskin (6+4) and Nikita Guslistov (3+5) are also players to look out for. At the blue line, 23-year-old Swede Jakob Stenqvist (4+9) is their most productive defenseman, but he is ruled out of participating in this game due to injury. Fellow Swede Robin Press (4+8) is second in the list of Severstal’s top scoring defensemen.

Defenseman Andrei Churkin (0+0) and forward Robert Rooba (4+2) are also on Severstal’s injury list. Rooba has, however, made the trip to Saint Petersburg with the squad.

Furthermore, it’s worth pointing out that 21-year-old talented Belarusian goaltender Konstantin Shostak recently left Severstal to join JYP in Finland.

Thankfully, SKA got back to winning ways in Tatarstan last week, seeing off the challenge of Neftekhimik in Nizhnekamsk (8:2) and Ak Bars in Kazan (4:3 OT). Goalkeeper Dmitry Nikolaev, 21, was named the KHL’s rookie of the week after stopping 44 of the 49 shots he faced in the two games. Forward Andrei Kuzmenko continues to be our top scorer with a large haul of 35 (14+21) points in 30 appearances.

Mikko Lehtonen (1+2) and Vasily Tokranov (1+0) - both defensemen - are out with injuries.

GOALKEEPING STATISTICS

SKA

Lars Johansson: 23 matches, 12 wins, 8 defeats, 465 saves made, 37 goals conceded, save percentage 92.6%, goals against average 1.77, 7 shutouts

Alexander Samonov: 7 matches, 3 wins, 3 defeats, 105 saves made, 18 goals conceded, save percentage 85.4%, goals against average 3.87

Yaroslav Askarov: 5 matches, 2 wins, 2 defeats, 75 saves made, 8 goals conceded, save percentage 90.4%, goals against average 2.01

Dmitry Nikolaev: 3 matches, 2 wins, 59 saves made, 5 goals conceded, save percentage 92.2%, goals against average 1.73

SEVERSTAL

Dmitry Shugaev: 20 matches, 12 wins, 6 defeats, 456 saves made, 36 goals conceded, save percentage 92.7%, goals against average 2.08, 1 shutout

Konstantin Shostak: 13 matches, 6 wins, 5 defeats, 274 saves made, 23 goals conceded, save percentage 92.3%, goals against average 2.07, 2 shutouts

Vladislav Podyapolsky: 4 matches, 2 wins, 1 defeat, 114 saves made, 5 goals conceded, save percentage 95.8%, goals against average 1.20, 1 shutout

WHERE TO WATCH

Puck-drop is scheduled for 19:30 local time at the Saint Petersburg Ice Palace. KHL PRIME and Channel 78 (Saint Petersburg and Leningrad Region) will provide a television broadcast in Russia, whereas you can watch a live video worldwide on the KHL’s official website. Text updates will be available on our Twitter account.

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