The St. Petersburg Armymen march on the top of the Western Conference standings after a hard-fought victory over Dinamo Riga. With that victory, SKA has now four wins in a row, and Dynamo Moscow will try to recover and start a winning streak itself.
In the other showdown of the day, Avangard hosts Salavat Yulaev. Bob Hartley's men lost their previous couple of games and sit on a disappointing sixth place in the Eastern Conference. On the other hand, Salavat Yulaev also lost its last match, but it's flying higher in the standings and will certainly want not to lose precious points.
About the game
Avangard ends a two-match home series and lost its previous two games.
Salavat Yulaev starts a two-game road trip and lost to Severstal on Tuesday.
Avangard's forward Arseny Gritsyuk is on a four-game scoring streak, with 5 (3+2) points over that span.
Avangard's forward Vladimir Zharkov is on a three-game scoring streak, with 3 (1+2) points.
Salavat Yulaev's forward Sakari Manninen is on a six-game scoring streak, with 8 (4+4) points.
Salavat Yulaev's forward Alexander Kadeikin is on a five-game scoring streak, with 5 (3+2) points.
Avangard: Maxim Goncharov, Sergei Tolchinsky.
Salavat Yulaev: Vladislav Kartayev.
About the game
Dynamo ends a three-game home series and defeated Lokomotiv on Tuesday.
SKA ends a three-game road trip and is on a four-match winning streak.
SKA already defeated Dynamo this season (5:3).
Dynamo's forward Eric O'Dell is on a four-game scoring streak, with 4 (2+2) points over that span.
SKA's forward Andrei Kuzmenko is on a three-game scoring streak, with 5 (2+3) points.
SKA's forward Joonas Kemppainen is on a four-game scoring streak, with 6 (4+2) points over that span.
SKA's forward Nikita Gusev is also on a four-game scoring streak, with 9 (1+8) points.
SKA's defenseman Mat Robinson is on a three-game scoring streak, with four assists over that span.