Salavat Yulaev is one of the hottest teams in the league, with twelve wins in fifteen games and third place in the Eastern Conference's standings. However, defeating SKA won't be an easy feat even if earlier this season, Salavat Yulaev already defeated the Armymen in St. Petersburg.
In the other clash of the KHL matchday, Barys faces Ak Bars with Joni Ortio in superb shape as he doesn't allow a goal for more than 125 minutes. Kazan isn't at its best and Dmitry Kvartalnov's men will undoubtedly try to halt their slump returning to winning in Kazakhstan.
About the game
Barys ends today a three-game home series and is on a two-game winning streak.
Ak Bars lost two straight games and starts a three-match road trip.
Barys' goalie Joni Ortio is on a 125:27 shutout streak.
Ak bars' forward Artyom Galimov is on a three-game scoring streak, with 3 (1+2) points over that span.
Barys: Joe Morrow
Ak Bars goalie Igor Bobkov may record his 30th career shutout, while his teammate Timur Bilyalov may reach 20.
Ak Bars forward Dmitry Kagarlitsky may break the 400-point mark, being currently at 398.
About the game
Salavat Yulaev is in the middle of a three-game home series and had two wins in a row.
SKA lost to Barys on Friday and ends today a two-game road trip.
Salavat Yulaev already defeated SKA this season (4:2).
SKA's goalie Lars Johansson is on a 119:58 shutout streak.
Salavat Yulaev's forward Geoff Platt plays his 700th KHL game tonight.
SKA's Emil Galimov and Vasily Tokranov may reach 100 assists in the KHL tonight (currently at 99).