G, Metallurg, 3 G, 3 W, 93.48%, GAA 2.00
The Finn netminder is having a remarkable performance this year, and has helped Magnitka reach four wins in a row. Moreover, on Monday, he had his first shutout of the season when he stopped 32 shots as Metallurg defeated Neftekhimik 4-0 on home soil. On Wednesday, Olkinuora stopped 29 shots in Magnitka’s win over Avangard, then he had another excellent game when Metallurg defeated Amur 6-2 in Khabarovsk. The Southern Urals franchise is currently the second seed in the Eastern Conference and Olkinuora has now surpassed Koshechkin as the team’s number one goalie. For his effort, Olkinuora was awarded Goalie of the week honors.
D, Barys, 3 G, 3 (2+1) points, +1
The Canadian D-man with a Kazakhstani passport played well last week, but it wasn’t the best week for his team. Everything started excitingly for Barys, with a sensational 6-3 win over CSKA in Moscow, with Dietz potting a double, including the game-winner. However, on Thursday, Barys lost to Dinamo Riga, with Dietz having an assist. On Saturday, Barys lost to Jokerit 2-3 OT, with the productive D-man being left out of the scoresheet despite accumulating more than twenty-seven minutes of ice-time. The Kazakh franchise is currently the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, but the season is still young. For his effort, Dietz was awarded Defenseman of the week honors.
F, Metallurg, 3 G, 7 (2+5) points, +6
Magnitka’s newcomer had an exceptional week last time around, starting with a three-point performance in his team’s thump of Neftekhimik at home on Monday. Two days later, Maillet had a hat-trick of assists when Metallurg defeated the current Gagarin Cup reigning champion Avangard with a 7-4 score. On Saturday, the Southern Ural franchise won yet another game, in Khabarovsk, and the Canadian forward had an assist making it a four-match scoring streak. Metallurg had an excellent start of the season, and Maillet is definitely off to a great KHL career start.
G, SKA, 2 G, 2 W, 100%, GAA 0.00, 2 SO
The Swedish veteran netminder has been unbeatable last week, saving 45 shots in two consecutive shutouts. SKA won both games with a 2-0 score, and Johansson is at his third straight match with no goals allowed. Always a top goalie in the KHL, Johansson moved from CSKA to St. Petersburg this summer. The 34-years-old goalie is currently on a 171-minute shutout streak. After a couple of unexpected defeats, SKA is now in fifth place in the West, but if Johansson keeps on playing like this, new heights are on the horizon for the St. Petersburg franchise.
G, Traktor, 3 G, 2 W, 93.55%, GAA 1.99
The Czech netminder — just like all Traktor — had an excellent start of the season, and implacably added one victory after another. Will started the week with a 24-save when the Southern Ural franchise defeated Vityaz on Tuesday. Two days later, the Czech stopped 34 shots of 35 in a 3-1 away win. Moreover, Will also appeared for 47 seconds in Saturday’s Traktor victory over Kunlun Red Star. Traktor is currently the third seed in the Eastern Conference, and bench boss Anvar Gatiyatulin needs his Czech netminder in top shape to achieve the Chelyabinsk’s side goals after a busy offseason.
F, Jokerit, 3 G, 4 (2+2) points, even
The American forward helped Jokerit reach six wins in a row last week. In particular, Schroeder had a three-point performance in the 5-4 SO Jokerit’s win over Torpedo on Thursday. That night, the 30-years-old forward potted a double and added an assist. After being left scoreless on Tuesday in the Jokers’ 2-0 victory against Lokomotiv, Schroeder had an assist when the Finnish side defeated Barys on Saturday, making six consecutive wins. Jokerit is one of the teams in the best shape in the West, and they will undoubtedly keep on striking the iron while it’s hot.