Today, at 17:00 local time, SKA will host Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod at the Saint Petersburg Ice Palace in the maiden home match of 2022 in the KHL regular season.
This will be the second meeting between these two teams in the current campaign. In September, Torpedo claimed a tense 3:2 triumph on home ice in Nizhny Novgorod, as two excellent goals from Evgeny Timkin and Mikhail Vorobyov weren't enough to earn any points for SKA.
Torpedo are involved in a gritty battle concerning qualification for the Gagarin Cup playoffs. As a consequence of four consecutive defeats to Dynamo Moscow (away, 3:6), Spartak Moscow (home, 1:3), Dinamo Riga (home, 3:4 OT) and Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk (away, 1:2), Torpedo have fallen to fifth spot of the Western Conference and find themselves trailing Dinamo Minsk in eighth by five points. However, David Nemirovsky's men did get back on track on Wednesday, registering a narrow 2:1 victory against Sochi on the road.
SKA got 2022 started with a routine 7:1 win over struggling Kunlun Red Star Beijing in Moscow Region on Tuesday. At the moment, our players are one point clear of Dynamo in first position of the conference with one game in hand.