Avangard is currently the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference and will try to catch up as the Hawks start a two-game home series on Monday facing SKA. The St. Petersburg franchise, however, again got the ball rolling and won its previous two games, leaving no chances to Kunlun Red Star (7:0) and Jokerit (2:0). Goalie Lars Johansson recorded two straight shutouts and is likely to get the start. However, Avangard has recently added a weapon to its roster - after Sergei Tolchinsky's injury, the Hawks received Nikita Soshnikov from CSKA in a trade. Avangard's bench boss Bob Hartley placed the forward on the team's first line along Nikita Prokhorkin and Peter Cehlarik - Johansson will likely be busier than he was in the game against the Dragons.
About the game
Avangard starts a two-game home series and lost to Ak Bars on Friday.
SKA starts a three-game road trip and is on a two-match winning streak.
Avangard won its most recent three home games against SKA, whose latest road trip over the Hawks dates back to Sep 21, 2017 (3:1).
Avangard's forward Arseny Gritsyuk is on a three-game scoring streak, with 4 (2+2) points.
SKA's goalie Lars Johansson is on a 119:50 shutout streak.
Avangard: Maxim Goncharov, Sergei Tolchinsky
SKA's defenseman Vasily Tokranov may reach 100 KHL assists tonight (currently at 99).