3. Spartak, 5 matches, 3 regulation victories, 1 overtime victory, 1 regulation defeat, goal difference 15-7, 8 points
11. SKA, 5 matches, 2 regulation victories, 1 penalty shootout victory, 2 regulation defeats, goal difference 20-14, 6 points
Spartak have made an impressive start to the 2021/2022 KHL regular season. Coached by Boris Mironov, the capital outfit have won four of their opening five games, seeing off the challenge of Admiral Vladivostok (4:1), Amur Khabarovsk (3:1) and Vityaz Podolsk (3:2 OT) at home and Barys on the road (4:1). Their only defeat to date was suffered against Salavat Yulaev in Ufa (1:2).
Excellent signings during the summer market have certainly strengthened what was already a solid Spartak squad. In particular, 27-year-old Swedish forward Emil Pettersson has caught the eye in the maiden few matches of the campaign, recording five (4+1) points in as many games. Pettersson had recorded a grand total of 55 (24+31) points in the 2019/2020 season for the Vaxjo Lakers in the Swedish Hockey League before subsequently being snapped up by Spartak.
Defensemen Jakub Jerabek and Tim Heed have added reliability and danger at the blue line since joining in the pre-season, while forwards Andrei Loktionov (3+1) and Dmitry Kugryshev (0+4) have also made a positive start to life with Spartak. Experienced former SKA forwards Alexander Khokhlachyov (3+2), Sergei Shirokov (1+4) and Jori Lehtera (1+4) are sure to make life difficult for our defence too.
Furthermore, Spartak recently secured the signature of 25-year-old former Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen, but the Canadian is yet to make his debut.
SKA are looking to get back on track after losing two successive matches to Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg in Saint Petersburg (2:4) and Torpedo on the road in Nizhny Novgorod (2:3). Nevertheless, while sloppy goals were conceded as a consequence of avoidable defensive mistakes, our players did manage to create a large amount of scoring opportunities in both of those particular games. Initially, SKA had started the campaign with three consecutive victories against Severstal in Cherepovets (3:2), Lokomotiv in Yaroslavl (4:3 SO) and Admiral at home (9:2). Forward Andrei Kuzmenko is currently our top scorer with six (1+5) points on the board.
Alexei Krasikov: 5 matches, 4 victories, 1 defeat, 112 saves made, save percentage 94.1%, goals against average 1.39
Alexander Samonov: 4 matches, 2 victories, 2 defeats, 70 saves made, save percentage 86.4%, goals against average 4.06
Lars Johansson: 3 matches, 1 victory, 46 saves made, save percentage 93.9%, goals against average 1.32
WHERE TO WATCH
Puck-drop is scheduled for 19:30 local time at the Megasport Arena in Moscow. 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.