D, Dynamo Moscow, 2 G, 3 (3+0) points, +4
The large-framed Slovak defenseman only once scored points last week, but what a performance he was. Netting a treble against Sochi on Friday, Cajkovsky established a new record for the fastest hat-trick for the Blue-and-Whites, requiring only ten minutes and 26 seconds to send three pucks on Maxim Tretyak’s net. Earlier last week, Cajkovsky posted a plus-1 rating when Dynamo defeated CSKA in the second derby victory of the season over the Army Men for the Krikunov-led side. The Blue-and-Whites are currently the fourth seed in the Western Conference’s standings. The Muscovites are also the second attack in the West, with 158 goals scored in 52 games. For his efforts, Cajkovsky was awarded Defenseman of the week honors.
D, Metallurg, 3 G, 3 (0+3) points, +5
Metallurg is currently one of the hottest teams in the league. In 2021, the Southern Ural franchise only lost once, with nine victories — all of them coming in regulation. The Swedish D-man has been instrumental for Metallurg last week, leading the Magnitogorsk side to three consecutive Ws — delivering a helper in each of the games and posting an impressive plus-3 rating on Saturday, Jan. 30. With Metallurg defeating Jokerit with a favorable 5-1 score, Holm was on the ice for three goals scored by the Steelers. The Swedish defenseman is now on a six-game scoring streak, and Metallurg climbed to third place in the Eastern Conference’s standings. For his efforts, Holm was awarded January’s Best D-man.
F, Salavat Yulaev, 3 G, 5 (2+3) points, +2
The whole Ufa’s first line is having a fantastic season this time around, with Teemu Hartikainen recently establishing a record for the most regular-season points scored by a Finnish player. Hartikainen’s linemate Sakari Manninen is doing just as fine, tieing his career-high 48 points, but needing only 48 games this time around, opposite to the 62 he played in 2018-2019 with Jokerit. The 28-years-old forward had a tremendous performance for the Bashkortostan franchise on Saturday, when he participated in all three goals for Ufa in the side’s 3-2 OT win over Barys in Nur-Sultan. With the Lamsa men down by two with less than ten minutes to go in the third, Manninen first assisted Philip Larsen’s ninth tally of the season. Then, a mere ninety seconds later, he potted his seventeenth goal this year to send the game to OT. In extra-time, Manninen’s pass allowed Alexander Alexeyev to win it all for Ufa with a highlight-reel goal. Two days earlier, Manninen scored the game-winner in Ufa’s second consecutive win in Khabarovsk, after posting a helper in the side’s first W. With less than a dozen games to go till the playoffs, Salavat Yulaev is currently the fourth seed in the East.
F, Metallurg, 3 G, 5 (3+2) points, +2
The St. Catharines native had another fantastic showing last week, helping Metallurg winning three games in a row. Beck’s efforts include netting the game-winner in Helsinki with a laser-beam shot that went in just above Janis Kalnins’ shoulder on the far post during a powerplay stretch in the first stanza. Beck also had two assists that night. Earlier in the week, Beck had another tremendous performance when he posted two points in Metallurg’s 5-3 win over Avtomobilist. After opening the score after only forty seconds, the Canadian forward also assisted on Dennis Rasmussen’s game-winner in the closing frame. Beck’s efforts were good for Best forward of the week honors.
F, Dinamo Minsk, 4 G, 4 (2+2) points, −1
It wasn’t the best week for Prince, but the American forward further raised his status for the Belarusian franchise. Prince was left scoreless in both Minsk defeats last week, but he was nothing short of instrumental when Dinamo defeated Severstal and Vityaz. On Monday, Prince started the week participating in both the team’s goals — first assisting on Artyom Demkov’s ninth of the season, then tallying the game-winner with ten minutes to go in the final stanza. On Sunday, Dinamo Minsk returned to win after two straight losses, and not surprisingly, Prince had another multi-point game as he had an assist and a goal as the forward last week reached the 40-point mark for the first time in his KHL career. The American forward is currently leading Dinamo Minsk with 43 (22+21) points and a plus-16 rating. As the Bisons are now the sixth seed in the West, the Belarusian franchise may be back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2016-2017 campaign.