In the 2021/2022 season, all teams will play 56 games in the KHL regular season. The Gagarin Cup playoffs will subsequently start on March 4.
The KHL has confirmed the structure for next season’s championship, releasing details of how the schedule will fit around the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing. Each team will play 56 regular season games — down from 62 in 2020/2021. There will be home and away match-ups with every opponent (46 games in total), plus an additional home and away game against five other teams from the same Conference (10 games).
The regular season will start on September 1 and end on March 1. There will be a break for the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
The playoffs will end no later than April 30.
Next season should see the KHL return to 24 competing teams, prompting the following changes in the divisions and conferences. Torpedo moves back to the Western Conference and joins the Bobrov Division, meaning Severstal goes into the Tarasov. If Admiral (*) returns as planned, it will go back into the Chernyshev Division, with Kunlun Red Star moving into the Kharlamov Division.
(*) Admiral will be accepted into the KHL next season if it pays all the money owed to players and coaches by July 31, 2021.
SKA Saint Petersburg
Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
Ak Bars Kazan
Kunlun Red Star Beijing
Salavat Yulaev Ufa