7. CSKA, 30 matches, 12 regulation victories, 4 overtime victories, 3 penalty shootout victories, 9 regulation defeats, 1 overtime defeat, 1 penalty shootout defeat, goal difference 73-63, 40 points
8. SKA, 29 matches, 13 regulation victories, 1 overtime victory, 3 penalty shootout victories, 2 overtime defeats, 3 penalty shootout defeats, 7 regulation defeats, goal difference 89-65, 39 points
This will be the second match between these two teams in the 2021/2022 KHL regular season. On November 7, CSKA managed to defeat SKA 4:0 in Moscow, as goaltender Adam Reideborn stopped all 17 shots he faced while Vladislav Kamenev - twice -, Lucas Wallmark and Joakim Nordstrom hit the target. It’s worth noting that three of CSKA’s four goals were tallied on the powerplay.
Sergei Fyodorov’s men have made a major improvement in recent weeks after initially suffering a slow start to the campaign. CSKA have registered at least one point in their last six consecutive games, defeating Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (home, 1:0), Vityaz Podolsk (away, 6:5 SO), SKA, Severstal Cherepovets (home, 3:2 SO) and Dinamo Minsk (away, 6:3) while conceding the one loss to Dynamo Moscow (home, 2:3 SO). As a result of their strong form, CSKA have now climbed to third spot of the Western Conference, only trailing leaders Jokerit Helsinki by the one point. However, SKA are only one point behind in fourth position, and our players do have one game in hand.
Forwards Konstantin Okulov (6+18), Mikhail Grigorenko (12+6), Sergei Plotnikov (10+8), Wallmark (5+8) and Anton Slepyshev (5+8) are all enjoying strong seasons, while defenseman Nikita Nesterov has been lethal at the blue line with a huge total of 24 (2+22) points. As usual, we can expect CSKA to compete in an organised, compact manner, not giving SKA any space on the ice and waiting for their opportunities to strike. If we stretch back to the 2020/2021 Gagarin Cup playoffs, SKA have failed to score a single goal against CSKA in three out of the last four matches in Moscow.
CSKA forward Danil Yurtaikin (0+1) is ruled out of this game as a result of an injury issue.
SKA are coming off the back of five successive defeats against Metallurg Magnitogorsk (home, 2:3 SO), Spartak Moscow (home, 1:2 OT), CSKA, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (home, 1:3) and Sibir Novosibirsk (home, 1:2). Nevertheless, despite those underwhelming results, SKA are still involved in the leading group of the conference and will move back into third place with a victory today. Forward Andrei Kuzmenko is our leading scorer with a superb haul of 30 (11+19) points in 27 appearances.
Defensemen Mikko Lehtonen (1+2) and Vasily Tokranov (1+0) are on our injury list. On the other hand, however, key forwards Anton Burdasov (11+11) Joonas Kemppainen (13+9) have thankfully returned to action after recovering from their injuries.
Adam Reideborn: 15 matches, 11 wins, 4 defeats, 340 saves made, 31 goals conceded, save percentage 91.6%, goals against average 2.04, 4 shutouts
Ivan Fedotov: 15 matches, 8 wins, 7 defeats, 385 saves made, 28 goals conceded, save percentage 93.2%, goals against average 1.84, 1 shutout
Lars Johansson: 22 matches, 12 victories, 7 defeats, 461 saves made, 34 conceded goals, save percentage 93.1%, goals against average 1.64, 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
WHERE TO WATCH
Puck-drop is scheduled for 17:30 local time at the CSKA Arena in Moscow. 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.