G, SKA, 2 G, 2 W, 0 goals allowed, 2 SO
The Swedish goalkeeper literally stopped everything last week, refusing to allow a single goal and backstopping SKA to two wins. He rested when SKA lost 0:3 in the Kazakh capital on Friday. After a 21-save performance to defeat Lokomotiv on Tuesday, Johansson added another 25 saves when SKA sensationally thumped Salavat Yulaev in Ufa with a 5:0 score. SKA is currently the third seed in the West, but the St. Petersburg side may climb even higher if Johansson keeps on providing stellar goaltending. For his efforts, Johansson was awarded Best goalie honors for the sixth week of play.
D, Avtomobilist, 3 G, 4 (1+3) points, +4
Avtomobilist is another team in good shape, and Blacker is having a breakout season in Yekaterinburg. The Motormen are traveling in the fifth position in the East, and things are improving for the Bill Peters’ team. D-man Jesse Blacker was excellent for Avtomobilist last week. He played hard at both ends of the ice, scoring four points and compiling a plus-four differential and being awarded Best defenseman for his efforts. Moreover, he’s on a six-game scoring streak and one of the most-iced Avtomobilist players. At his fifth KHL season, Blacker has entered his prime, and he’s currently a top blueliner in the Urals franchise.
F, Traktor, 3 G, 3 (2+1) points, +3
The second seed in the East, Traktor is again in excellent shape and won three straight games last week. Czech forward Lukas Sedlak scored two goals last week, and both tallies were game-winners. Traktor won both games against Amur, and Sedlak first opened the score in the inaugural period of the Oct 7 showdown, then he repeated himself two days later. In the coming few games, Sedlak may reach the 100-point mark in the KHL, currently being at 90. He scored 40 and 38 points, respectively, in his first two years in Chelyabinsk.
G, Metallurg, 2 G, 2 W, 98.46%, GAA 0.50
Metallurg is currently the hottest team in the KHL, and not only because of its incredible 13-win series. The Finnish netminder won two games with the Steelers last week. First, he recorded a 29-save shutout when Magnitka downed Spartak in Moscow with a 4:0 score. Then, he was much busier when Metallurg traveled to Kazan and defeated Ak Bars 3:1. Olkinuora had 35 saves that night, and most importantly, Magnitka got two points from a challenging road game. Metallurg is currently the top team in the league’s standings, and Olkinuora is in third place for saves percentage, trailing only Lars Johansson and Juha Metsola.
F, Avtomobilist, 3 G, 6 (3+3) points, +3
The Canadian-born German forward had a striking week last time around, helping the Motormen winning three in a row. Macek was particularly in great shape when Avtomobilist faced Avangard on Monday. That night, Avtomobilist collected two points, downing the Hawks with a 5:2 score, and Macek had 4 (2+2) points. The forward scored points in each of the two next games, when Avtomobilist defeated Jokerit and Neftekhimik, respectively. Macek is currently the Motormen’s top scorer with 14 points, tied with Ryan Spooner. Moreover, his eight goals top Avtomobilist in the current season’s rankings.