F, Dynamo Moscow, 4 G, 8 (5+3) points, +8
Today, Jaskin is one of the best players in the league. Currently, he trails only his linemate Vadim Shipachyov in scoring but is topping the KHL with 27 goals – two more than last year's goal-scoring champion Kirill Kaprizov. Such an impressive result, moreover, is even more impressive considering that Jaskin just established a record for Dynamo Moscow for most single-season goals. The Czech forward broke the record in Monday's game against Lokomotiv, when he had one goal and one helper as Dynamo got away with a 3-1 win. The Blue-and-Whites are on a four-game winning streak, which perfectly matches Jaskin's scoring one. Dynamo Moscow currently shares the third position in the Eastern Conference standings with Jokerit – it will be interesting to see who will have the upper hand in the postseason.
D, Jokerit, 3 G, 2 (0+2) points, +1
Lehtonen had better weeks this season, but recently he made the headlines as broken Jokerit's record for single-season points by a defenseman with 43, surpassing Mika Stromberg, who had 42 in the 1996-97 campaign in the Finnish league. And this wasn't the only achievement for the blueliner – Lehtonen was awarded best defenseman honors for three months in a row. Last week, Jokerit won two of three games – both times, Lehtonen had points as the Finnish side got the best of Metallurg and Dinamo Riga. Jokerit is currently tied at third in the Western Conference standings as the rivalry with Dynamo Moscow is reaching a new level.
F, Ak Bars, 4 G, 4 (2+2) points, +3
The Canadian star is an essential part of the Kazan franchise, and last week he proved it once again, scoring three games in a row when Ak Bars also posted a three-game winning streak. One of the longest-serving imports currently playing in the KHL, Azevedo, is at his sixth season in Kazan, and this season reached once-again the 30-point mark as he did in all his seasons in Tatarstan but one. Last week, the 31-years-old forward posted no points in Kazan's 4-2 away win in Chelyabinsk, but then his production jumped ahead with a two-game performance against Vityaz and an assist in the 2-0 win over Dinamo Riga. On Monday, Ak Bars and Vityaz clashed again, and Azevedo scored in the first period as Kazan got another two points from the Moscow Region side. Ak Bars is currently leading the Eastern Conference with 82 points – Dmitry Kvartalnov will demand even more from Azevedo in the upcoming postseason efforts.
F, Neftekhimik, 3 G, 3 (1+2) points, even
Neftekhimik is pushing, trying to grab the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference's standings, although they lost two games last week – both with a one-goal difference. On Jan. 28, Neftekhimik faced Avangard in Balashikha but lost 3-2, and White recorded no points. Two days later, the team moved to Nur-Sultan. In the Kazakh capital, White scored in the third period, but it wasn't enough as Neftekhimik allowed a late goal as they suffered the third straight loss. However, on Feb. 3, the Tatarstan side returned to victory defeating 6-2 Severstal, and White posted a pair of helpers in the second period. At his first season in the KHL, White is showing consistency and a high-level of play – Neftekhimik will need both to have a chance to qualify for the postseason.
F, HC Sochi, 3 G, 4 (3+1) points, -1
After losing one month of action following an injury, Stromwall returned on Monday, Jan. 27, but his presence didn't bring good luck to Sochi as Lokomotiv skated past them with a 4-2 score. However, three days later, Sochi blanked Severstal 3-0 at home, and the Swede forward had a double in a must-win situation. On Feb. 1, in yet another do-or-die clash, this time against Vityaz, Stromwall found twine in the third period from the slot, after a ricochet behind the crease, to win the game for Sochi. The Black Sea franchise is currently the ninth seed in the Western Conference – Vityaz precedes them by six points with one game more. Will Sochi return to the playoffs after last year's defeat by the hand of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl?
F, Lokomotiv, 4 G, 4 (2+2) points, +4
One of the most creative international players in the KHL, Da Costa showed glimpses of greatness last week as well, in particular in the Feb. 1 clash against Jokerit, when Lokomotiv trashed the Finn side with a 5-0 score. In that game, Da Costa scored the 2-0 and 3-0 goals, one in even strength, and one with the man advantage. Previously, on Jan. 30, Da Costa had a pair of helpers when the Railwaymen defeated – again with a 5-0 score – Torpedo in Yaroslavl. On Monday, however, Lokomotiv's four-game winning streak stopped as the team lost 1-3 to Dynamo Moscow. Lokomotiv is currently the sixth seed in the Western Conference – the Railwaymen haven't clinched their playoffs spot yet, but they have a 16-point advantage over the ninth seed; therefore, they are likely to qualify for the postseason.