Spartak, G, 3 G, saves percentage 97.74%, GAA 0.96
It has been a busy week for Spartak, with four games spanned over only six days. The Muscovites had a good showing, earning six points for their effort, defeating SKA and Dinamo Minsk in regulation and losing to Jokerit and Sochi only on OT and SO, respectively. Julius Hudacek was incredible for the Red-and-Whites in this span, as he allowed only three goals – one each to SKA, Sochi, and Dinamo – resting during the home game against Jokerit. The Slovak goalie faced 92 shots, stopping 89 of the attempts coming from the opposition, cementing his position as one of the top goalies in the League. Next Sunday, Hudacek will be the starting goaltender for the Bobrov Division at the FONBET 2020 KHL All-Star Game as a fans' choice. Spartak is now the fifth seed in the Western Conference, and this may mean a dangerous first-round clash against Jokerit.
Jokerit, D, 4 G, 5 (2+3) points, +6
The Finnish side is one of the hottest teams in the League, and Sami Lepisto is naturally one of its most prominent players. At 35, the veteran blueliner is playing an increasingly-convincing hockey, and the numbers are just confirming this impression. Jokerit and Lepisto started the week trashing Dinamo Riga 7-0 in Latvia – a match where the Finn D-Man posted three points with a goal and a pair of helpers. Two days later, Jokerit won in Moscow against Spartak, and Lepisto won the game for the Finnish side in OT. On Jan. 10, against Severstal in Tallin, Estonia, Lepisto gathered his 16th assist in the season when he helped John Norman scoring the 3-1 goal in the second period. The next day, Jokerit saw its five-game winning streak interrupting as Severstal sensationally won the game with a 5-2 score. In that game, Lepisto didn't score any point, but he finished the game with a plus-1 rating. Jokerit is now the fourth seed in the Western Conference. Will they manage to get past the postseason's first round this time around?
Jokerit, F, 4 G, 8 (5+3) points, +5
Niklas Jensen is again red hot as he was last January – the Dane is now on a ten-game scoring streak. Lepisto's teammate started the week with a hat-trick against Dinamo Riga, which looked like a warm-up for his double against Spartak Moscow of two days later. In Estonia, Jensen didn't score any goal but contributed with three assists as he is now at an impressive 17 (9+8) points in only 12 regular-season games played so far. Jokerit and Lauri Marjamaki need Jensen to keep his scoring touch during the postseason to reach at least the second round.
Salavat Yulaev, F, 4 G, 7 (5+2) points, +4
The Finn forward is a regular in this kind of article, and last week he was once again incredible for Salavat Yulaev. Teemu Hartikainen started the week in style posting a phenomenal hat-trick in the 4-2 home win over the Gagarin Cup reigning champion, CSKA Moscow. What's even more resonating is that he only needed six minutes to score three times to sink the Red Army, also adding a helper in the third period for Linus Omark's tenth of the season. Two days later, Salavat Yulaev lost to Lokomotiv 1-2 OT, and Hartikainen assisted his team's lone goal in the encounter. On the next two games, the Finn scored a goal each as Salavat Yulaev finally gained two points defeating Dinamo Riga 5-0 after losing against Dynamo Moscow 3-4 on Jan. 10. The Bashkirian franchise is currently the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference, but the teams are very close to each other in the standings.
Admiral, D, 3 G, 3 (2+1) points, +2
After a couple of extra losses, Admiral is now off the playoffs zone as the Eastern Conference's ninth seed. However, the regular season is still long, and Vladivostok has all it takes to get back to the postseason after a two-year hiatus. Adam Almqvist and Admiral started the week with a 2-1 road win over Torpedo, then lost to Avtomobilist in Yekaterinburg with a 5-2 score. In this clash, Almqvist assisted a powerplay goal by Martin Bakos late in the third period. However, on Sunday, Vladivostok had a sensational 5-1 win over Ak Bars, enhanced by an even more sensational goal by Nikita Korostelyov, where Almquist posted a double. The Swedish defenseman is also among the players that will represent the Chernyshev Division at the upcoming FONBET 2020 KHL All-Star Game. Almquist made the roster as one of the League's choices.