Ilya Kovalchuk's goal was SKA's 100th against CSKA Moscow in KHL regular seasons. In 33 matches, SKA have now scored 101 goals against CSKA.
This was the fourth time when SKA and CSKA played together in the Russian championship's opening match. The previous three in 1961, 1963 and 2015 had all ended in defeat.
In 300 SKA appearances, Ilya Kovalchuk has racked up 298 points (125+173). Ilya is also SKA's record holder for points against CSKA, as he owns 26 (14+12) in games with the Moscow outfit. He has beaten Vyacheslav Solodukhin's best of 25 (16+9).
Only Tony Martensson (333) and Maxim Chudinov (306) have played more KHL games for SKA than Ilya.
At 39 years, 1 month and 1 day old, Pavel Datsyuk became SKA's oldest forward to play in a Russian championship match.
Patrik Hersley is the first SKA defenseman to score the club's debut goal in a new KHL season.
Interestingly, over ten KHL seasons, four Swedish players have scored SKA's first goal. They are Tony Martensson (2011), Jimmie Ericsson (2014), Joakim Lindstrom (2015) and Patrik Hersley (2017).
Sergei Shirokov is the fifth SKA player to net a shorthanded goal in the first KHL fixture of the campaign.
As a SKA player, Nikolai Prokhorkin scored against his former team for the first time. However, when playing for CSKA Moscow, Nikolai picked up six points in matches against SKA (1+5).