F, Salavat Yulaev, 3 G, 5 (3+2) points, even
The Ufa forward had a striking game in Yaroslavl last week. On Saturday, the Motormen had a great start of the game, but then Manninen gave an exhibition of attacking skills. First, he assisted the usual suspect Teemu Hartikainen on the goal that cut Lokomotiv’s lead short. Then he potted a double — including the OT game-winner — as Salavat won the game. Two days before, Manninen had a two-game performance as Ufa stunned SKA at home with a 4:2 road win. Salavat Yulaev is currently on the top of the Eastern Conference standings, tied with Metallurg.
G, Traktor, 3 G, 2 W, 92.55%, GAA 2.28
Traktor is having a breakout season, and the Czech netminder is a big part of it. The Southern Urals side and Will had an off night when they lost 5-0 at home against Dinamo Minsk, but they rebounded in style. On Thursday, Traktor defeated CSKA 2:1, led by 33 saves by the Czech goalie. Two days later, Will again let just one in when Traktor defeated Avtomobilist 2:1 SO. This time, the Czech netminder had 29 saves. Will won eight of his ten starts, and Traktor is the third seed in the Eastern Conference.
F, Vityaz, 3 G, 5 (2+3) points, +3
The Canadian Vityaz newcomer is on a five-game scoring streak — three of which happened last week. On Monday, Audette scored Vityaz’s lone goal in a 1:2 away defeat to Ak Bars Kazan. However, Vityaz returned to victory on Wednesday, defeating Lokomotiv 3:2 in Yaroslavl, with Audette distributing two assists for the Red-and-Whites. On Saturday, the Canadian forward was among the best players on the ice when Vityaz recorded another win over Amur with a 4:1 score. Audette had one goal and one assist that night. Audette is one of Vityaz’s leaders, and the Moscow Region franchise has been gaining points lately after a rocky start of the season.
F, Jokerit, 3 G, 5 (1+4) points, +4
The American forward is on a hot streak, just like the whole Jokerit team. The Finn side is at nine straight wins, while O’Neill scored points in his latest six games, with 9 (1+8) points over that span. The veteran was instrumental for the Jokers, especially in their 4:2 away win against Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod. First, he assisted John Norman’s game-winner, then he scored himself to secure the lead. O’Neill had another multi-point game in Monday Jokerit’s win over Lokomotiv. He also recorded a helper on Saturday, when the Finnish franchise celebrated its 9th W in a row with a 4:2 over HC Sochi at the Hartwall Arena. Jokerit is currently leading the Western Conference, and they are currently the hottest team in the league.
D, Jokerit, 3 G, 3 (0+3) points, +2
In his third year in the KHL, the Swedish blueliner is having an excellent season with Jokerit, and scored points in all last week’s games. He had an assist in each of the Jokers’ wins, compiling a plus-2 differential in Monday’s victory against Lokomotiv. Other than having three points, Holm also always spent on the ice more than twenty minutes a night and is currently leading Jokerit with an average time on ice of 22 minutes 02 seconds. His 7 (2+5) points are also the most among the Finn side’s defensemen.