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The Jokers host Sibir after a tough-to-swallow home loss to Neftekhimik on Tuesday. Dinamo Riga tries to build momentum in a home clash against  the Tatarstan side, which should not be underrated. Hot Metallurg hosts Ak Bars, and Dinamo Minsk welcomes Spartak in the remaining Thursday games.

Jokerit's crisis had just got more profound when the Jokers lost at home to Neftekhimik. Many were expecting a win to revert the trend, but six goals were too much for the Helsinki side who is now on a four-game losing streak.

Dinamo Riga is on the other end of the Western Conference's standings, but is certainly in a better moment than the Finnish franchise. After capturing four points in a Far East trip, Sergei Zubov's men defeated Sibir on Tuesday and are back in playoff considerations.

In the remaining games of an exciting KHL Thursday, two hot teams have a chance to get productive series running longer. Metallurg hosts Ak Bars and Dinamo Minsk welcomes Spartak. Magnitka has an opportunity to beat the club's record for consecutive wins, but Ak Bars is also on a winning streak and enjoys a morale boost after defeating Salavat in the second Green Derby of the season. The Belarusian side will seek its eight W in a row clashing with a slumping Spartak.

17:00: Metallurg (15-1-0) vs Ak Bars (11-4-3)

About the game
Metallurg is in the middle of a three-game home series and is on an incredible 13-match winning streak.
Ak Bars is on a two-match winning streak and ends tonight a three-game road trip.
Metallurg, who already defeated Ak Bars this season (3:1) may break its record for the most consecutive wins (13 in 2021-2022 and 2008-2009).
Ak Bars' forward Nikolai Kovalenko is on a four-game scoring streak, with 5 (3+2) points over that span.
His teammate Dmitry Kagarlitsky is on a three-match scoring streak, with 4 (3+1) points.

Injury list
Ak Bars: Par Lindholm

Milestone alert
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 150-goal mark, being currently at 149.
Metallurg's forward Igor Shvyryov plays his 100th KHL game tonight.
His teammate Maxim Karpov may reach 250 career points (currently at 249).

18:30: Jokerit (11-4-2) vs Sibir (5-8-3)

About the game
Jokerit is in the middle of a three-game home series and is on a four-match losing streak.
Sibir plays its second of a four-match road trip and lost to Dinamo Riga on Tuesday.

Injury list
Jokerit: Henrik Haapala
Sibir: Evgeny Chesalin, Jyrki Jokipakka, Viktor Komarov

19:30: Dinamo Minsk (11-4-1) vs Spartak (8-9-0)

About the game
Dinamo Minsk plays the second of a four-match home series and is on a hot seven-game winning streak.
Spartak ends a three-match road trip and lost its previous three games.
Dinamo Minsk's forward Tyler Graovac is on a three-game scoring streak, with 3 (0+3) points over that span.
Dinamo Minsk's forward Ilya Usov is on a six-game scoring streak, with 7 (4+3) points.
Dinamo Minsk's forward Roman Gorbunov is on a five-game scoring streak, with 5 (2+3) points.

Injury list
Dinamo Minsk: Artyom Demkov, Lukas Krejcik

Milestone alert
Spartak's forward Andrei Loktionov plays his 400th KHL game tonight.

19:30 Dinamo Riga (6-8-3) vs Neftekhimik (6-8-2)

About the game
Dinamo Riga ends a two-match home series fresh off a win over Sibir on Tuesday.
Neftekhimik is on the middle of a three-game road trip and is fresh off a win over Jokerit on Tuesday.
Dinamo Riga's forward Lauris Darzins is on a four-game scoring streak, with 5 (0+5) points over that span.

Injury list
Dinamo Riga: Rudolf Cerveny, Frank Corrado
Neftekhimik: Timur Sharifyanov

Milestone alert
Neftekhimik: Dan Sexton may reach the 300-point mark (currently at 298).

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