Riga will look to make it two in row while kicking of a 2-game road trip in Minsk, where the Belarussians are desperate to end their 6-game losing streak. Even more desperate to get into the win column is Sochi, which has dropped 8 in row. They’ll end a 3-game road trip in Vladivostok against an Admiral club that is hungry to erase its most recent loss.
Avtomobilist, the loser of 5 in a row, ends a 3-game homestand against Metallurg, who will be looking to win its 4th in a row. Definitely different directions there too! Lastly, Kunlun finally got a win in its last game and will now hit the road for 5 away games. The first stop is Omsk, where the Red Star will meet an Avangard team that it has only beaten once ever in KHL play!
Admiral is playing the 4th of four straight home games.
Sochi is playing the 3rd of three straight road games.
Admiral is coming into this game having lost its last contest.
Sochi is coming into this game on a rather long 8-game losing streak.
Admiral defeated Sochi earlier this season by a score of 2-1 in OT.
Admiral: Alexander Ugolnikov
Sochi: Nikita Shchitov, Damir Rakhimullin
Forward Ilya Krikunov is hoping to pot his 100th career KHL goal (currently at 99).
Forward Yegor Dugin is hoping to collect his 100th career KHL point (currently at 99).
Avtomobilist is playing the 3rd of three straight home games.
Metallurg is playing the 1st of three straight road games.
Avtomobilist is coming into this contest on a 5-game losing streak.
Metallurg is coming into this contest on a 3-game winning streak.
Avtomobilist defeated Metallurg earlier this season by a score of 3-2 in OT.
Koshechkin has played 131:41 straight minutes of shutout hockey.
Avtomobilist: Geoff Platt, Yevgeni Mozer
Metallurg: Vladimir Galuzin, Eric O’Dell
Forward Denis Parshin is hoping to suit up for his 200th career regular season KHL game (currently at 199).
Avangard is playing the 1st of two straight home games.
Kunlun is playing the 1st of five straight road games.
Avangard is entering this contest having won its last game.
Kunlun is also entering this contest having won its last game.
Avangard defeated Kunlun once already this season by a score of 5-2.
Kunlun has only defeated Avangard once in KHL play. The team from China has otherwise lost to Omsk 8 times.
Avanagard: Artyom Manukyan, Alexei Yemelin, Denis Zernov, Maxim Chudinov
Kunlun: Victor Bartley, Wojtek Wolski, Brayden Jaw
Defenseman Alexei Bondarev is hoping to collect his 100th career KHL point (currently at 99).
Dinamo Minsk is playing the 2nd of four straight home games.
Dinamo Riga is playing the 1st of two straight road games.
Dinamo Minsk is coming into this contest on a 6-game losing streak.
Dinamo Riga is coming into this contest fresh off a win.
Salak has played 86:03 straight minutes of shutout hockey.
McMillan has points in 4 straight games, going 1-7-8 over that span.
Darzins has points in 4 straight games, going 4-3-7 over that span.
Dinamo Minsk: Sergei Kostitsyn, Teemu Pulkkinen, Stefan Elliot, Alexander Osipkov
Dinamo Riga: Kristaps Zile