9. SKA, 4 matches, 2 regulation victories, 1 penalty shootout victory, 1 regulation defeat, goal difference 18-11, 6 points
16. Torpedo, 4 matches, 2 regulation victories, 2 regulation defeats, goal difference 8-11, 4 points
It’s been a mixed start to the 2021/2022 KHL campaign for Torpedo. In three home games, the Nizhny Novgorod outfit have only managed to beat Sochi (2:1) while losing to Vityaz Podolsk (3:6) and Sibir Novosibirsk (0:3), but they did impressively defeat Ak Bars by a score of 3:1 on the road in Kazan. Coached by Canadian manager David Nemirovsky, Torpedo traditionally like to compete in a North American, aggressive manner, crashing the net with power and piling pressure on the opponents with their raw pace.
During the summer transfer window, Torpedo completed a number of excellent signings, in particular securing the services of strong foreigners Theodor Lennstrom (defenseman), Daniel Zaar (forward), Marek Hrivik (forward) and Kenny Agostino (forward). Furthermore, the management managed to persuade talented forward Damir Zhafyarov to stay in Russia for another season, while fellow forward Ivan Chekhovich has recently returned from the San Jose Sharks.
These two teams did compete against each other at the 2021 Nikolai Puchkov Tournament. Thanks to wonderful goals from Joonas Kemppainen, Marat Khusnutdinov, Nikita Chibrikov and Anton Burdasov - with three of them being tallied on the powerplay -, our players tallied a comfortable 4:1 victory. Sergei Goncharuk scored Torpedo’s only marker of the match shorthanded.
SKA are coming off the back of an avoidable 2:4 setback to Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg at the Ice Palace on Wednesday. Nevertheless, in the preceding three games, our team had seen off the challenge of Severstal Cherepovets away (3:2), Lokomotiv in Yaroslavl (4:3 SO) and Admiral Vladivostok in Saint Petersburg (9:2) with effective attacking performances. Forwards Kirill Marchenko (3+2) and Andrei Kuzmenko (1+4) are currently our top scorers with five points apiece.
Swedish forward Zaar boasts more points to his name than any other Torpedo player with four (2+2) on the board. Defenseman Ziyat Paigin (2+1) has been dangerous from the blue line for Nemirovsky’s troops.
Andrei Tikhomirov: 3 matches, 2 regulation victories, 1 regulation defeat, 85 saves made, save percentage 95.5%, goals against average 1.36
Pyotr Kochetkov: 1 match, 1 regulation defeat, 17 saves made, save percentage 77.3%, goals against average 5.01
Alexander Samonov: 3 matches, 1 regulation victory, 1 penalty shootout victory, 1 regulation defeat, 67 saves made, save percentage 89.3%, goals against average 3.22
Lars Johansson: 2 matches, 1 regulation victory, 25 saves made, save percentage 89.3%, goals against average 3.22
WHERE TO WATCH
Puck-drop is scheduled for 17:00 local time at the Nagorny Arena in Nizhny Novgorod. 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.