Today, at 19:30 local time, SKA will host Sochi in Saint Petersburg in the concluding match of this particular home series in the 2021/2022 KHL regular season.
This will be the second game between these two teams in the current campaign. In September, SKA emerged victorious by a score of 2:0 in Sochi, as Joonas Kemppainen scored twice and goaltender Lars Johansson stopped all 15 shots he faced throughout the 60 minutes.
At the moment, Sochi are stuck in 11th spot of the Western Conference with only 41 points on the board. Furthermore, Andrei Nazarov's men have lost six of their most recent seven matches against Vityaz Podolsk (away, 2:3 OT; home, 3:4), Spartak Moscow (home, 2:3), Traktor Chelyabinsk (home, 2:4), Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (home, 1:2) and Severstal Cherepovets (away, 2:4) while beating Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk (home, 4:1). As it stands, Sochi do mathematically maintain a chance of qualifying for the Gagarin Cup playoffs, but they are indeed a large 13 points behind Dinamo Minsk who occupy eighth position.
Despite suffering a 1:3 setback to Ak Bars Kazan at the Ice Palace on Tuesday, SKA are continuing to lead the Western Conference with 66 points from 47 games. Dynamo Moscow (48 matches) and Jokerit Helsinki (47 matches) are just behind with 64 points each.
Any victory for our team this evening will clinch SKA's playoff berth.
KHL TV, KHL PRIME and Channel 78 (Saint Petersburg and Leningrad Region only) 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.