D, Dinamo Minsk, 3 G, 4 (0+4) points, +6
Lindholm has only played six games so far, but he’s had a huge impact on the Belarusian franchise — especially so in the latest week. The Tre Kronor D-man helped the Minsk side winning three in a row with rock-solid performance on defense and an apt help forward. After being scoreless in Dinamo Minsk’s 2-1 win over Amur, he scored his first KHL points, recording two helpers as the Belarusian side defeated Neftekhimik on Wednesday. On Sunday, Lindholm was even better, scoring two points and compiling a plus-3 differential in Dinamo Minsk’s 7:3 thumping of HC Sochi. For his efforts, Lindholm was awarded Defenseman of the week honors. Minsk is now the sixth seed in the Western Conference.
F, Torpedo, 3 G, 5 (3+2) points, +3
Another KHL newcomer, Agostino made the headlines last week after potting his first treble in the KHL in Torpedo’s 5-2 home win over Amur. Agostino, who also had an assist that night, posted a plus-3 rating and helped Torpedo reaching its lone win of the week. On Thursday, Agostino scored again for the Nizhny Novgorod side, but Torpedo surrendered to Amur in OT. The flamboyant forward, however, was held scoreless when Torpedo lost to Admiral on Saturday. David Nemirovsky will need Agostino to continue his strong play as Torpedo continues on its playoff push.
G, Lokomotiv, 2 G, 2 W, 95.49%, GAA 1.00
The Canadian netminder is still a key member of the Motormen, even under their new head coach Igor Nikitin. Pasquale kicked off the week helping Lokomotiv defeating Avangard with a 12-save performance. On Wednesday, he again allowed just one goal as Lokomotiv defeated Vityaz with a 4-1 score. On Sunday, Nikitin rested Pasquale when Lokomotiv recorded another W in the standings, this time against the goalie’s former team, Barys. The Motormen had a rocky start, and Igor Nikitin replaced Andrei Skabelka as the team’s head coach. However, the team seems to be back on track and is the West’s seventh seed.
D, Jokerit, 2 G, 3 (0+3) points, +3
Jokerit is one of the hottest teams in the league and has recently achieved an incredible series of wins. Last week, Leskinen helped the Jokers winning their both games. He first had an assist when Jokerit defeated Ak Bars in OT; then he posted two helpers in the third period as the Jokers defeated Severstal on Friday. Additionally, the 24-years-old defenseman posted a plus-2 differential for the week. Leskinen is currently tied with Philip Holm for the most points by a Jokerit defenseman. The Helsinki side is currently leading the Western Conference.
F, Kunlun Red Star, 3 G, 5 (2+3) points, +3
The Dragons won two games from three last week — all played at home — defeating Admiral and Vityaz. Parker Foo was instrumental for the Chinese franchise especially in the latter, when he took part in all four goals of the team. First, he opened the score in the second period. Then, he made it a 2-1 game just eight minutes later. In the closing frame, he first assisted the game-winner by his brother Spencer and added another point when Luke Lockhart sealed the deal with less than thirty seconds to the final hooter. The Dragons are currently the 11th seed in the East, but the playoffs line is just three points above.