G, Ak Bars, 2 G, 2 W, 1 SO, 98.11%, GAA 0.50
The Swedish netminder had a rocky start of the season, but is now recovering after an excellent week for Kazan. Reideborn was on the bench when Ak Bars lost 0-3 to Avangard on Dec. 1, and the franchise’s head coach Dmitry Kvartalnov decided to try and shake things up, throwing the Swedish netminder in the mix. The move paid off, as Reideborn allowed only one goal in the next two games — to Neftekhimik on Dec. 3, when Ak Bars defeated the Wolves with a thundering 6-1 score. Three days later, the Tatarstan side returned home to face Avtomobilist. Once again, Ak Bars left no chance to the Motormen: Stanislav Galiyev and Stephane Da Costa scored for Kazan, while Reideborn posted his second shutout of the season with a 29-save performance. The Swede’s shutout streak is still alive, and is now at 105 minutes and 43 seconds. Ak Bars Kazan is currently leading the Eastern Conference with 52 points.
D, Torpedo, 3 G, 3 (1+2) points, even
Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod is having an excellent season, and Chris Wideman is having a huge role in the team’s success. The American blueliner is currently leading all the defensemen in the league with 24 (6+18) points. Wideman, 30, just helped Torpedo winning three straight games last week. The American D-man was silent on the scoresheet when Torpedo defeated Traktor 2-0 on Dec. 1. However, two days later, Wideman posted two helpers when the Nizhny Novgorod side defeated Vityaz with a 3-2 score in a tight away match. And finally, on Dec. 5, Wideman scored his sixth of the season when Torpedo got the best over Kunlun Red Star with an OT, 5-4 victory. The team led by David Nemirovsky is currently the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference, and it looks like they may climb even higher.
F, Dynamo Moscow, 3 G, 5 (4+1) points, +1
The Czech international had another productive week, scoring more than a goal per game for the Blue-and-Whites. Jaskin scored in all games, even if Dynamo lost on Dec. 1 to Metallurg Magnitogorsk with a 2-6 score. However, the team led by Ilya Krikunov quickly got its revenge. First, they thumped Avtomobilist in Yekaterinburg with a 7-2 score, then blanked Salavat Yulaev in Ufa, getting away with a 3-0 victory. In both games, Jaskin produced two points for Dynamo: In Yekaterinburg, Jaskin scored a late goal in the third period, then assisted Dmitry Kagarlitsky’s tally with less than two minutes to go. In Ufa, Jaskin scored two — including the game-winner — getting to the 23-goal mark for the season. Jaskin is currently leading the league in goals, with a six-goal advantage on Teemu Hartikainen, Yegor Sharangovich, and Alexei Makeyev. This week, Dynamo Moscow climbed up to fourth place in the Western Conference standings.
G, Sibir, 3 G, 2 W, 1 SO, 93.90%, GAA 1.65
Sibir is rallying back in the standings and has returned to the playoff places after surpassing Barys and getting to the Eastern Conference’s eighth seed. Much is due to its goalie’s excellent performance of late. First, Sateri blanked Spartak Moscow with a 32-save performance for his second shutout of the season. Two days later, on Dec. 3, Sateri once again gave Sibir a chance to win with 21 saves against HC Sochi. In a close match, Novosibirsk got the last laugh in OT. However, on Dec. 6, Sibir missed its chance to make it three in a row losing at home to Lokomotiv. However, Novosibirsk managed to make it to OT once again, minimizing the damage and earning a precious point in the standings. Sateri had 24 saves against Lokomotiv and further cemented his position as the franchise’s starting goalie. It won’t be easy for Sibir to stay in the eighth place: Barys — just one point shy — is pushing and has a few games yet to play.
F, Avangard, 2 G, 3 (1+2) points, +2
The Hawks only played two games last week, winning a significant match against Eastern Conference archrivals Ak Bars Kazan. That night, the best player on the ice was Corban Knight. In his first season with Avangard after playing the 2019-2020 campaign in Kazakhstan, the Canadian forward participated in all of his team’s three goals. He first assisted on Oliwer Kaski’s opening goal after only a minute and a half in the first period. Then, in the second period, he finished a fast break burying it after an assist by Denis Zernov. Less than two minutes later, the Hawks scored another one with Ville Pokka, with the Canadian forward getting his third point of the night. The 30-years-old forward is having a great season with Avangard, having produced 22 (12+10) points for the Hawks. The team led by Bob Hartley is trailing only Ak Bars in the Eastern Conference’s standings.