Alessandro Seren Rosso Alessandro Seren Rosso
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Yesterday the Jokers returned to victory, defeating Sibir after a hard-fought game. The showdown between the Finnish franchise and SKA is the most exciting of an action-packed KHL Friday.

The KHL matchday starts big with a showdown between Avtomobilist and Salavat Yulaev and a Traktor vs HC Sochi clash. After a sensational road win over CSKA, Amur moves to Nizhny Novgorod, seeking another Western Conference victim. CSKA is again paired with a Far East team, and Kunlun Red Star hosts Barys in the two Moscow Region games of the night. However, the most exciting match of the night may just be the classical showdown between Jokerti and SKA. Yesterday, the Helsinki side was down 1-3 against Sibir at the mid-time mark but showed character and returned to the top of the Western Conference's standings after four straight losses. SKA is also in good shape after two Ws in a row. Fireworks are to be expected!

17:00: Avtomobilist (8-6-4) vs Salavat Yulaev (12-4-1)

About the game
Avtomobilist ends tonight a two-game home series and is in a two-match losing streak.

Salavat Yulaev starts a four-match road trip and lost its previous couple of games.

Shumakov is on a three-game scoring streak, with four tallies over that span.

Salavat Yulaev defeated Avtomobilist twice this season (3:2; 4:2).

Injury list

Avtomobilist: Ilya Ovchinnikov, Shane Prince, Alexei Vasilevsky

Salavat Yulaev: Dinar Khafizullin

17:00: Traktor (14-2-2) vs HC Sochi (5-11-2)

About the game

Traktor starts a four-game home series and is on a six-match winning streak.

HC Sochi ends a three-game road trip fresh off a win in Yekaterinburg on Wednesday.

Traktor lost its previous five home games against the Black Sea franchise, with the latest win dated Oct 29, 2015 (5:3).

Traktor's defenseman Nick Bailen is on a three-game scoring streak, with 5 (2+3) points over that span.

Traktor's forward Vitaly Abramov is on a three-game scoring streak, with 3 (1+2) points.

Traktor's forward Lukas Sedlak is on a four-game scoring streak, with 5 (3+2) points.

HC Sochi's defenseman Yury Alexandrov is on a three-game scoring streak, with 3 (0+3) points.

Injury list

Traktor: Alexei Potapov, Andrei Stas

HC Sochi: Nikita Tochitsky

19:00: Torpedo (7-7-3) vs Amur (6-10-1)

About the game

Torpedo starts a four-match home series fresh off a win over Vityaz on Wednesday.

Amur enters the second of a four-game road trip fresh off a win over CSKA.

Torpedo lost its previous three home games to Amur, who already defeated the Nizhny Novgorod side this season (4:3 OT).

Torpedo's forward Daniel Zaar is on a four-game scoring streak, with 6 (1+5) points over that span.

Injury list

Amur: Patrik Bartosak, Gleb Zyryanov

Milestone alert

Amur's forward Andrei Alexeyev plays his 200th KHL game tonight.

19:30: Kunlun Red Star (5-10-1) vs Barys (6-9-2)

About the game

Kunlun plays his lone home game of the series and lost to Dinamo Minsk on Tuesday.

Barys is at its second of a four-game road trip and is on a two-match losing streak.

Barys lost its previous five games to Kunlun.

Barys' forward Nikita Mikhailis is on a four-game scoring streak, with 4 (3+1) points over that span.

Injury list

Kunlun Red Star: Colin Joe

Barys: Joe Morrow

Milestone alert

Kunlun's goalie Alexander Lazushin may play his 300 career game.

19:30: CSKA (11-7-0) vs Admiral (3-8-5)

About the game

CSKA ends a three-game road series and lost to Amur on Wednesday.

Admiral starts a four-match road trip and lost its previous two games.

CSKA never lost to Admiral at home.

CSKA's defenseman Nikita Nesterov is on a three-game scoring streak, with 3 (1+2) points over that span.

Admiral's forward Vladislav Ushenin is on a five-game scoring streak, with 6 (2+4) points.

Injury list

CSKA: Artyom Blazhiyevsky, Danil Yurtaikin.

Admiral: Evgeny Grachyov, Vladislav Kaletnik, Ivan Nalimov

Milestone alert

CSKA's defenseman Bogdan Kiselevich may play his 600th KHL game.

Amur's goalie Nikita Serebryakov may reach 100 wins in the KHL.

19:30: Jokerit (12-4-2) vs SKA (12-4-1)

About the game
Jokerit ends a three-game home series and defeated Sibir yesterday (4:3).

SKA plays its lone road game of the series and is on a two-match winning streak.

Injury list

Jokerit: Henrik Haapala

Milestone alert

SKA's Emil Galimov, Andrei Kuzmenko, and Vasily Tokranov may reach 100 assists in the KHL tonight (currently at 99).

Jokerit's forward Marko Anttila may break the 100-point mark in the KHL (currently 99).

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