Dinamo Riga, 4 G, 95.72 saves percentage, 1.25 goals-against average
Dinamo Riga isn't having its best season, but things have dramatically improved since Alexander Salak got to the team in October. Last week, the Czech emotional goalie won two games from four, including one shutout against Vityaz on Friday. If that wasn't impressive enough, we should remember that the day before Salak posted a 27-save win against Spartak Moscow. 27 is also the number of his shutout in his KHL career: the veteran goalie is one of the longest-serving international goalies in the League, stopping pucks for four different clubs since 2013. Currently, Dinamo Riga is the last seed of the Eastern Conference, but with a player like Salak between the piping, everything is possible.
Dynamo Moscow, 3 G, 6 (2+4) points, +5
It was yet another incredible game for Dmitrij Jaskin, who is now leading the League in points with his linemate Vadim Shipachyov. The 26-years-old forward scored two points in all matches last week, keeping alive his nine-game scoring streak. If that's not impressive enough, Saturday's pair of helpers meant for Jaskin the fifth multi-point consecutive game. So far, it has been a fantastic season for Dynamo Moscow forward. If Shipachyov and Jaskin keep on working their magic, the Blue-and-Whites will be one of the teams to avoid at all costs in the playoffs in the Western Conference.
Dinamo Minsk, 3 G, 3 (3+0) points, even
The Canadian forward came to Minsk recently, after starting the season in Switzerland. It was surprising to see how fast he adapted, and this week, he opened his account in the Kontinental Hockey league netting a pair in Dinamo's 4-3 win over Vityaz. Ryan Spooner showed tremendous speed and acceleration again three days later when his shorthanded tally in the third period tentatively put Dinamo ahead over Avangard. However, the Belarusians allowed a late goal and then lost in OT. Dinamo is second-last in the standings, but they also played fewer games than their rivals – there is plenty of room to recover the situation, and Spooner is the right man to put their stakes on.
Lokomotiv, 3 G, 7 (5+2) points, +5
Anton Lander and his friend and teammate Magnus Paajarvi Svensson were on fire last week as Lokomotiv won three straight games scoring a total of thirteen goals. Lander found twin five times – enough for being awarded Best Forward of the week honors by the League. The Swedish forward started the week being instrumental for his team's win over Sibir on Thursday, first assisting on Paajarvi's first KHL goal, then sealing the deal with a late shorthanded goal in the game's tail. Two days later, the Swedish dynamic duo was back as Lander scored a pair in Neftekhimik's beating at home. On Saturday, Lokomotiv faced a tough opponent in Salavat Yulaev, but the forward wasn't scared by the Bashkortostan team, scoring twice and once again assisting Paajarvi. Lokomotiv has now climbed up to the seventh seed in the Western Conference after a nightmare start, and Lander is quickly gaining shape.
Lokomotiv, 3 G, 5 (2+3) points, +4
The Swedish has finally found his groove in Yaroslavl, and with some welcome help by his friend Anton Lander also started scoring points at an impressive rate. The two found their old chemistry back and scored seven goals combined for the Railwaymen – more than half the goals the team scored last week. If the dynamic duo keeps on playing like this – Lokomotiv's opponents beware!