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CSKA opens things up against a Lokomotiv team that it has rarely faced in playoff action over the years. And when it did, it lost. Something for Lokomotiv to build on while opening this thing on the road?

League powerhouse Ak Bars welcomes a Salavat team it has had many Gagarin Cup playoff battles against. The epic saga continues with the first leg coming in Kazan.

19:30: CSKA vs Lokomotiv

Series stand
0 – 0

Series history
2017: 2nd round meet-up. Lokomotiv defeated CSKA 4-2

About the game
CSKA has defeated Lokomotiv three times this season, namely by scores of 3-1, 3-2, and 3-2 in OT while having lost once by an overtime score of 3-0.
Leipsic has points in three straight games, going 2-3-5 over that span.
Korostelev has points in three straight games, going 3-0-3 over that span.
Petersson has points in three straight games, going 3-2-5 over that span.
Pulkkinen has points in four straight games, going 4-1-5 over that span.

Injury list
CSKA: Nikita Soshnikov, Dmitri Samorukov
Lokomotiv: Alexander Daryin

19:30: Ak Bars vs Salavat

Series stand
0 – 0

Series history
2010: Eastern conference final. Ak Bars defeated Salavat 4-2
2011: 2nd round meet-up. Salavat defeated Ak Bars 4-1
2012: 1st round meet-up. Ak Bars defeated Salavat 4-2
2013: 2nd round meet-up. Ak Bars defeated Salavat 4-3
2016: 1st round meet-up. Salavat defeated Ak Bars 4-3
2017: 1st round meet-up. Ak Bars defeated Salavat 4-1

About the game
Ak Bars has defeated Salavat twice this, each time by a score of 4-1, while having also lost twice, once 7-3 and once 3-2.
Petrov has points in three straight games, going 1-3-4 over that span.
Tikhonov has points in three straight games, going 3-1-4 over that span.
Granlund has points in four straight games, going 4-1-5 over that span.
Hartikainen has points in four straight games, going 4-1-5 over that span.
Manninen has points in three straight games, going 2-2-4 over that span.

Injury list
Salavat: Mikhail Vorobyov, Shakir Mukhamadullin

Milestone alert
Defenseman Albert Yarullin is hoping to collect his 100th career KHL assist (currently at 99).
Forward Kirill Petrov is hoping to collect his 50th career KHL playoff point (currently at 49).
Forward Dmitri Vornokov is hoping to suit up for his 100th career KHL game (currently at 99).

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