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Janis Kalnins

Jokerit, 2 G, 96.22 saves percentage, 0.99 goals-against average

After a rocky start of the season, Jokerit is back to the playoffs zone, also thanks to Janis Kalnins' efforts in goal. The Finnish side started the season with Antti Niemi between the piping, but the former Stanley Cup champion played under the expectations, while Kalnins shone – especially in the last week. The Latvian netminder started the week stopping 36 shots in the away clash against Dynamo Moscow – it was an OT win for Jokerit, who got the two points thanks to a Henrik Haapala powerplay goal. Two days later, the Latvian once again starred in a 2-1 away win over Neftekhimik, with 27 saves. Kalnins is now at three wins in a row, and he may have won the starting goalie position off the more experienced Niemi. Jokerit is currently the eighth seed in the Western Conference, but the competition is fierce.

Philip Larsen

Salavat Yulaev, 2 G, 4 (2+4) points, +5

The Danish international had a great week, scoring six points in just two games. The Danish international was unstoppable against Torpedo on Thursday. Philip Larsen assisted the first two goals scored by the Ufa franchise in the first period, then added two goals himself in the second period to help Salavat Yulaev securing two points in the home contest. But this was clearly not enough for Larsen. Two days later, the defenseman added two helpers as Salavat Yulaev defeated Severstal 3-1 on home soil. Larsen is now at only four assists from the 100 helpers milestone; will he reach it next week?

Simon Bertilsson

HC Sochi, 3 G, 3 (0+3) points, +3

A defenseman renowned for his strong defensive play, Simon Bertilsson enjoyed a fantastic and productive week with HC Sochi, scoring points in each game. After missing the first two weeks of action, the Swedish international is playing a lot for the Black Sea franchise, and his average time on ice is now only a few seconds shy of 22 minutes a night. Most notably, last week, he was on the ice for three of four goals HC Sochi scored to Avangard in its incredible come-back, 4-3 OT win – of course, he assisted the game-winning goal by his fellow countrymate Malte Stromvall. Bertilsson, 28, had a helper in each of the two other games of the week, against Dinamo Minsk (1-2 OT) and Amur (1-2). Sochi lost some ground last week after losing to Minsk and Khabarovsk, but Bertilsson's game has the Black Sea side hoping for the best.

Eric Tangradi

Barys, 3 G, 4 (3+1) points, +3

Traditionally, imports play a significant role in Barys, and this year is no exception. Last week, one of the best players for the Kazakhstani franchise was Eric Tangradi. The American forward was silent at the start of the week when Barys lost at home to Kunlun with a 2-5 store. Three days later, he again scored no points when Nur-Sultan celebrated a win over Torpedo (2-1). On Sunday, Tangradi dominated the slot against Severstal, posting a hat-trick and a helper for a four-point game, his season-high. Tangradi's treble helped Barys climbing up to the fifth position in the Eastern Conference standings – once again, the Kazakhs will be a difficult client in the postseason.

Linden Vey

CSKA, 3 G, 5 (3+2) points, +3

A perennial contender on the scoring rankings, Linden Vey had a productive week as CSKA racked up the scores in the games against Spartak and Dinamo Riga. In the 9-3 triumph in the Moscow derby, the Canadian forward had a pair of points, scoring a goal and an assist. Two days later, Vey assisted CSKA's lone goal, scored by Jiri Sekac, in their home loss to surprising Vityaz (1-2). On Oct. 5, however, the Red Army lashed out its offensive potential against an unprepared Dinamo Riga. Vey posted a double, scoring CSKA's first two goals. The second marker on Andrei Makarov's crease was also the game-winner for the Red Army. CSKA is now the second seed in the Tarasov Division, trailing Vityaz by two points.

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