SKA and HC CSKA Moscow meet for the fifth time in the KHL Gagarin Cup playoffs. SKA have won three of the past four series, winning 4:1 in 2012, 4:0 in 2014 and 4:3 in 2015. However, in 2016, CSKA did win 4:0.
In 20 KHL playoff matches against each other, SKA boast 12 victories compared to CSKA's eight. The goal difference is 54-36 in SKA's favour. Nevertheless, the majority of meetings between these two teams have finished with a team winning by only one goal.
SKA have had a different coach for each series. Former CSKA head coach Dmitry Kvartalnov was at the Moscow club's helm in 2015 and 2016. In 2015, SKA became the first KHL team in history to recover from a 0:3 deficit to win the series in seven matches.
Neither team owns a player who has competed in every KHL Gagarin Cup playoffs series. Dinar Khafizullin, Patrick Thoresen, Ilya Kablukov, Evgeny Ketov and Vadim Shipachyov have competed in three series for SKA. Vladimir Zharkov and Roman Lyubimov have done the same with CSKA.
In 54 KHL matches against CSKA, our team have an impressive 36 victories. SKA are currently on a five match winning streak against CSKA Moscow in KHL regular seasons.
Statistics of CSKA players in KHL playoff matches against SKA
Ilya Sorokin: four matches, three conceded goals, four victories, two shutouts.
Mat Robinson - 5 (1+4), Artyom Blazhievskiy - 1 (1+0), Mikhail Pashnin - 1 (0+1), Bogdan Kiselevich - 1 (0+1), Alexei Marchenko - 1 (0+1).
Roman Lyubimov - 9 (5+4), Geoff Platt - 6 (3+3), Alexander Popov - 3 (1+2), Ivan Telegin - 3 (1+2), Sergei Andronov - 2 (2+0), Vladimir Zharkov - 1 (0+1).
Statistics of SKA players in KHL playoff matches against CSKA
Mikko Koskinen: eleven matches, 22 conceded goals, four victories.
Anton Belov - 4 (1+3), Vyacheslav Voynov - 1 (0+1), Yegor Yakovlev - 1 (0+1).
Patrick Thoresen - 13 (6+7), Vadim Shipachyov - 8 (1+7), Ilya Kovalchuk - 7 (3+4), Jarno Koskiranta - 2 (1+1), Ilya Kablukov - 2 (0+2), Viktor Tikhonov - 1 (1+0).
In 2012, current SKA players Sergei Shirokov, Nikolai Prokhorkin and Nikita Gusev played for CSKA in a series with the two clubs competing against each other.
CSKA's oldest player, 37-year old forward Alexander Popov, has participated in 972 Russian championship matches. His first appearance came on January 27 1999 with current CSKA head coach Igor Nikitin his teammate.
Geoff Platt is one of the few foreign players to participate in every KHL season since the league was created. At this moment in time, he has 500 matches under his belt.
Four of CSKA's six overtime victories against SKA in the KHL have come in the Gagarin Cup playoffs.
Patrick Thoresen is the only SKA player to compete in the 2012, 2014 and 2015 winning series against CSKA Moscow.