On the other hand, Metallurg seems to have survived their shocking defeat to Salavat Yulaev on Oct 17 after a 14-game winning streak and won both its next games - albeit necessitating extra-time on both occasions. On Thursday, after defeating Dinamo Riga 5:4 SO on Tuesday, Magnitka was down 0:3 in Helsinki. Still, they resisted and ultimately defeated the Jokers 5:4 after an OT tally by d-man Linus Hultstrom. Moreover, Ilya Vorobyov will have the luxury of counting on his full roster. In contrast, his colleague Andrei Nazarov will have to deal with a lengthy injury list - eight men are out for tonight's showdown.
About the game
HC Sochi ends a three-game home series and lost its previous three matches.
Metallurg ends a three-game road trip and is on a two-match winning streak.
Metallurg's defenseman Linus Hultstrom is on a three-game scoring streak, with 5 (3+2) points over that span.
HC Sochi: Martin Bakos, Janis Jaks, JC Lipon, David Rundblad, Nikita Tochitsky, Denis Vikharev, Bogdan Yakimov, Alexander Zhabreyev
Metallurg's goalie Vasily Koshechkin may become the first goalie to break the 350-win barrier (currently at 349).