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After parting ways with Sergei Zubov, Dinamo Riga will face Severstal with Valerijs Kulibaba behind the bench as a temporary head coach. Another eight teams line up in an exciting KHL Friday.

Dinamo Riga and Valerijs Kulibaba will have an arduous task to accomplish on Sunday when the Latvian franchise visits Cherepovets. Dinamo has already lost twice to the Steelers, and usually a coach change needs some time to have results. On the other hand, Kulibaba knows the team inside and out, and a change of atmosphere may help the Riga side in this challenging away game. Moreover, Cherepovets will miss two crucial players in Yegor Morozov and Makar Khabarov.

Earlier in the matchday, a hot Dinamo Minsk visits a slumping Sibir. The Novosibirsk side is on a four-game losing streak, and it will be hard for them to revert the trend facing a team in excellent shape. Another three showdown await fans in the East, with Barys welcoming Lokomotiv, Traktor trying to revenge its embarrassing home loss to Salavat Yulaev hosting Avtomobilist, and Ak Bars facing Avangard.

15:30: Sibir (5-11-3) vs Dinamo Minsk (13-4-2)

About the game
Sibir starts a five-game home series and is on a four-game losing streak.
Dinamo Minsk starts a three-game road trip and is on a two-match winning streak.
Sibir's defenseman Trevor Murphy is on a four-game scoring streak, with 5 (2+3) wins over that span.

Injury list
Sibir: Viktor Komarov
Dinamo Minsk: Dmitry Buinitsky, Alexei Kolosov, Lukas Krejcik, Ilya Shinkevich.

16:30: Barys (8-10-2) vs Lokomotiv (10-7-2)

About the game
Barys starts a two-match home series and lost to Dinamo Minsk on Tuesday.
Lokomotiv Starts a three-game road trip and lost to Admiral on Tuesday.
The Railwaymen already defeated Barys earlier this season (4:3).
Barys' forward Nikita Mikhailis is on a seven-game scoring streak, with 9 (5+4) points over that span.
His teammate Curtis Valk is on a three-game scoring streak, with four assists.

Injury list
Barys: Joe Morrow.
Lokomotiv: Yegor Averin, Andre Petersson.

17:00: Traktor (16-3-2) vs Avtomobilist (10-7-4)

About the game
Traktor ends a four-game home series and lost to Salavat Yulaev on Tuesday.
Avtomobilist ends a three-match road trip and defeated HC Sochi on Wednesday.
Traktor already defeated the Motormen earlier this season (2:1 SO).
Traktor's forward Teemu Pulkkinen is on a four-game scoring streak, with 6 (5+1) points over that span.
Traktor's defenseman Nick Bailen is on a six-game scoring streak, with 8 (2+6) points.
Avtomobilist's forward Stephane Da Costa is on a five-game scoring streak, with 10 (4+6) points over that span.
Avtomobilist's defenseman Jesse Blacker is on a four-game scoring streak with 7 (1+6) assists.
Avtomobilist's forward Brooks Macek is on a three-game scoring streak, with 3 (1+2) points.
Avtomobilist's forward Sergei Shumakov is on a six-game scoring streak, with 10 (7+3) points.
Avtomobilist's defenseman Yefim Gurkin is on a four-game scoring streak, with 5 (1+4) points.

Injury list
Traktor: Evgeny Kulik, Alexei Potapov, Andrei Stas.
Avtomobilist: Shane Prince, Alexander Shchemerov, Alexei Vasilevsky.

19:00: Ak Bars (12-5-4) vs Avangard (12-7-0)

About the game
Ak Bars ends a three-game home series and lost to Dynamo Moscow on Tuesday.
Avangard ends a three-game road trip and is on a six-match winning streak.
Ak Bars' forward Jordan Weal is on a three-game scoring streak, with four assists over that span.
Avangard's goalie Simon Hrubec is on an 81:34 shutout streak.

Injury list
Ak Bars: Par Lindholm.
Avangard: Peter Cehlarik, Maxim Goncharov, Sergei Tolchinsky

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.

19:30: Severstal (9-8-2) vs Dinamo Riga (8-8-4)

About the game
Severstal ends a three-game home series and is on a two-match winning streak.
Dinamo Riga starts a two-game road trip and lost to Metallurg on Tuesday.
Severstal defeated Dinamo Riga twice this season (2:1 OT, 2:0).
Dinamo Riga's forward Nikolajs Jelisejevs is on a three-game scoring streak, with 5 (4+1) points over that span.
His teammate Lukas Radil is on a three-game scoring streak, with 4 (2+2) points.

Injury list
Severstal: Yegor Morozov, Makar Khabarov.
Dinamo Riga: Frank Corrado.

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