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Hartikainen is a holder of another record, Vityaz’s imports push the team to the playoffs, and Chris Wideman leads the league’s defensemen. KHL.ru presents the best players from each country.

Canada

Justin Danforth

F, Vityaz, 3 G, 5 (3+2) points, −2

After a fantastic 4-point performance against Kunlun, the Canadian forward reached 54, establishing a record for Vityaz for the most single-season points. The previous holder was Alexey Kopeikin, who had 51 (21+30) in 2016-2017. In the W over the Dragons, Danforth opened the score in the first period and had another tally in the middle stanza. He also assisted both Mattias Tedenby’s goals of the night. The fight for the last playoff place is heating up in the Western Conference, with Vityaz and Spartak tied at 56 points with eight games to go. So far, the team led by Mikhail Kravets has 20 regulation wins, and that’s why they currently sit in eighth place in the West. Danforth, 27, also had a goal on Wednesday in Vityaz’s 3-6 defeat against Torpedo.

Czech Republic

Jakub Jerabek

D, Vityaz, 3 G, 4 (1+3) points, +4

Jerabek is also giving an enormous contribution to Vityaz’s playoff push, particularly with a two-point performance in the Moscow Region side against Kunlun on Sunday. The Plzen native assisted on Justin Danforth’s opening tally, then scored himself in the second period to make it a 4-2 game in Vityaz’s favor. It’s Jerabek’s third season in the league, and while he’s not producing at the same rate he was before, he posted a career-high plus-6 rating. In the latest twenty games, only twice did Jerabek log less than twenty minutes of time on ice. The 29-years-old D-man also had two helpers in Vityaz’s 3-6 loss against Torpedo on Wednesday.

United States

Chris Wideman

D, Torpedo, 3 G, 4 (1+3) points, −2

One of the season’s biggest surprises, the Nizhny Novgorod defenseman had another exciting week last time around, further cementing his stance as the league’s top-scoring defenseman. So far, the 31-years-old native of St. Louis produced 39 (9+30) points for the Nizhny Novgorod franchise — a loot of good respect for a KHL first-timer. Wideman, who also showed excellent defensive commitment blocking 95 shots so far, helped Torpedo clinching the playoffs. The Volga side is currently the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. On Feb. 1, the American D-man had an impressive showing for Torpedo, participating in all the team’s three goals as the team led by David Nemirovsky shut out Kunlun Red Star with a 3-0 win, with Wideman tallying the game-winner in the first period. As Torpedo won three in a row, the St. Louis native had his 30th helper of the season in the Feb. 5 win over Dynamo Moscow.

Finland

Teemu Hartikainen

F, Salavat Yulaev, 2 G, 3 (3+0) points, +3

This year, it looks like there is no month without a record established by Teemu Hartikainen. This time, the Salavat Yulaev forward surpassed Teemu Pulkkinen for the most goals scored by a Finnish player in a single regular season. The current Lokomotiv forward stopped at 23 last year, while Hartikainen has now reached 26. The Finnish veteran scored in both games last week, tallying goals against Dinamo Riga and Amur. Salavat Yulaev is at five wins in a row, and Hartikainen had points in four of these matches. The team led by Tomi Lamsa is currently the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference and will be a challenging client to deal with in the playoffs, especially if Hartikainen will keep his streak alive.

Sweden

Dennis Rasmussen

F, Metallurg, 3 G, 3 (1+2) points, +3

Metallurg is currently the hottest team in the league, amassing ten years a row — a series that is nothing short of amazing. Many players stepped up for Magnitogorsk during this stint, and one of the best was Sweden’s Dennis Rasmussen. The forward, in his third season on the Urals, scored points in all of his team’s games last week, including tallying the 2-0 goal in Metallurg’s Friday 3-0 win over Ak Bars. Rasmussen, 30, also assisted on Nikolai Kulemin’s game-winner against Barys. After its incredible 10-game winning streak — still alive — Metallurg is currently the third seed in the Eastern Conference, tied with Avangard at 75 points. If the Ural franchise keeps this pace, they have all the tools to have a deep playoffs run.

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