G, Dinamo Minsk, 3 G, 3 W, 97.96%, GAA 0.67, 1 SO
The Belarusian franchise had a tremendous week, winning three away games on an Eastern Conference trip. Minsk started taking Novosibirsk by the storm with a huge and unexpected 6-0 win. Despite the final score, Furch had to work hard to earn his keep, stopping 34 shots — the most in the week. Two days later, on Nov. 13, Minsk moved to Khabarovsk. This time, Furch failed in recording another shutout, yet he stopped 32 shots as Dinamo won with a 2-1 score. Two days later, Dinamo moved to Kazakhstan. In Nur-Sultan, the Belarusian side walked away with another two points, defeating Barys 4-1. Once again, Furch saved more than 30 shots and helped Dinamo winning yet another game. The Czech goalie had a rocky start of the season, but now it’s history. In his fifth season in the KHL, Furch now travels at 91.9% and a goals-against average of 2.44. Moreover, Dinamo is currently the fifth seed in the Western Conference and has a solid chance of returning to the playoffs.
D, CSKA Moscow, 3 G, 2 (0+2) points, +5
The Tre Kronor blueliner, in his third season with the Armymen, had a solid week. After losing the Moscow derby to Spartak 3-4 OT, CSKA got two straight wins — over Salavat Yulaev and HC Sochi. On Nov. 12, the Red Army got the best over Ufa with a 5-3 score, with Dahlbeck assisting on an Anton Slepyshev goal in the second period and finishing the game with a plus-2 rating. Two days later, the experienced D-man had another assist in CSKA’s huge win over HC Sochi, but this time recorded a plus-3. Dahlbeck has accumulated a plus-16 total rating — he is among the top five league-wide in this stat. CSKA is currently leading the league with 43 points.
D, Salavat Yulaev, 2 G, 3 (1+2) points, +2
Larsen played off his week in style for Ufa, with a three-point performance against Dynamo Moscow in Sunday’s showdown in the capital. However, earlier in the week, the Danish D-man was silent on the scoresheet when Ufa lost to CSKA with a 3-5 score. However, on Sunday, Larsen was almost unstoppable on the attack. With the Greenmen down 2-1 in the third period, Larsen assisted on Sakari Manninen’s equalizer, then scored himself on a powerplay stretch with less than two minutes to go in the third period. After Vladislav Yefremov’s second tally of the night, however, the game went to OT. In extra time, though, Larsen launched Nikita Soshnikov, who found his third goal of the season, giving Ufa a huge win in Moscow. Salavat Yulaev is currently the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference, and Larsen’s contribution is higher than ever.
D, Torpedo, 2 G, 3 (0+3) points, +1
The American defenseman is having a tremendous debut season in the KHL and is currently the league’s top scorer among defensemen. On Nov. 10, Wideman had a helper in the second period as Torpedo lost 2-6 at home to Ak Bars Kazan. However, two days later, the native of St. Louis was instrumental for Nizhny Novgorod when the side led by David Nemirovsky shutout Kunlun Red Star at home for a 2-0 victory. Both goals bring Wideman’s signature — the American D-man assisted on both tallies and cemented his position as one of the top blueliners of the season. Wideman, 30, now has 17 (5+12) points in 23 regular-season games. Torpedo’s home win over Kunlun Red Star was critical for the franchise as the team is now in the playoff places, being the Eastern Conference’s eighth seed.
F, Neftekhimik, 4 G, 7 (4+3) points, +5
Once again, a Hudacek is featured in this ranking. But for once, it’s not Julius — Spartak’s goalie — but his brother Libor. The 30-years-old forward was instrumental for Neftekhimik as the team won two games — against Dinamo Riga and Kunlun Red Star, before losing precious points in the clashes against Ak Bars Kazan (2-3) and Barys (1-2). Hudacek played a key role for Neftekhimik, especially in the two won contests. On Nov. 7, against Dinamo Riga, the Slovak forward had a goal and an assist when Neftekhimik downed the Latvian side in a tight away game. Three days later, Hudacek added two goals and an assist — including the game-winner in the second period — as Neftekhimik won two points against Kunlun. The forward, who already played three years in the KHL with Slovan Bratislava, also had a point in each of the other two Neftekhimik’s away games, but it wasn’t enough for the Wolves, who suffered two defeats. For his efforts, Hudacek was awarded Best forward of the week honors. However, Neftekhimik struggles in the Eastern Conference standings, being in eleventh place with just sixteen points.
F, Dinamo Minsk, 3 G, 5 (4+1) points, +3
The Canadian forward is scoring like in his hey-days with Lokomotiv lately — he has already lightened the lamp 11 times, that is more than in the entire 2019-2020 campaign in Magnitogorsk. Last week, Kozun scored goals in all three games, being critical for Minsk, especially in the away game against Barys. In the Kazakh capital, Kozun netted a double — including the game-winner in the first period after an assist by Kirill Voronin. The 30-years-old veteran forward is shooting with an incredible 23.4% so far this season, and it is certainly not over yet — Dinamo is the West’s fifth seed, and the best is yet to come for the Belarusian franchise.
F, SKA, 3 G, 4 (3+1) points, +4
The veteran Finnish forward had a solid week for the St. Petersburg franchise, scoring in all three games and accumulating a plus-4 rating. Particularly noteworthy was Aaltonen’s tally in Helsinki to help SKA getting away with a 4-1 win over Jokerit. Two days later, on Nov. 12, Aaltonen had a two-game performance when he had one goal and a helper as SKA thumped Vityaz with a massive 8-1 away victory. The 27-years-old forward also posted a goal when SKA shutout Severstal with a 2-0 win in Cherepovets. SKA is currently leading the Bobrov Division and Aaltonen’s tallies are a big part of St. Petersburg’s lead.