Alessandro Seren Rosso Alessandro Seren Rosso
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Avangard faces Metallurg in Friday's summit clash. Seven games are on tap in Russia and Belarus.

The KHL matchday starts in the Eastern Conference, with Avtomobilist trying to revert the trend in a home game against Amur. In the meantime, Traktor faces Neftekhimik. Both teams are in excellent shape, with Traktor on a five-game winning streak and the Nizhnekamsk side achieving five victories in the latest seven matches. Torpedo faces Admiral in the third Eastern Conference of the night.

However, the summit clash of the day is the Avangard and Metallurg showdown. The Hawks are slowly gaining altitude after a rocky start, with Metallurg topping the league with 49 points. Belarus will host an exciting matchup when Dinamo Minsk faces CSKA. The Red Army is tied with their Moscow rivals - Dynamo - in the West's third spot, with Dinamo Minsk sliding down to the seventh after a series of unfavorable games. However, the Belarusian side has recently improved, and it won't be easy for the Red Army to outdistance the Blue-and-Whites in the standings.

In the remaining two games of the night, SKA will try to revert its losing streak with a home game against Sibir, while HC Sochi hosts Lokomotiv in a challenging clash on home soil.

17:00: Avtomobilist (12-12-5) vs Amur (11-14-5)

About the game
Avtomobilist is in the middle of a three-game home series and is on a four-loss streak.

Amur ends a six-game road trip and lost to Metallurg on Wednesday.

Avtomobilist won its previous four home games against Amur, with the latest defeat dated Nov 23, 2016 (1:2 SO).

Injury list

Avtomobilist: Vasily Filyayev.

Amur: Gleb Koryagin.

17:00: Traktor (23-6-2) vs Neftekhimik (12-12-4)

About the game

Traktor enters the third game of a four-match home streak with five straight wins.

Neftekhimik ends a three-game road trip and defeated Avtomobilist on Wednesday.

Traktor already defeated Neftekhimik this season (3:1).

Injury list

Traktor: Tomas Hyka.

Milestone alert

Netekhimik's forward Marat Khairullin lines up for his 300th career game.

19:00: Torpedo (13-12-3) vs Admiral (6-18-5)

About the game
Torpedo enters the fifth of a six-game home series after a defeat to Salavat Yulaev on Tuesday.

Admiral is at its sixth of a seven-game road trip and lost its previous couple of matches.

Admiral has already defeated Torpedo this season (2:1).

Injury list

Admiral: Artyom Manukyan, Mikhail Patrikeyev.

19:30: Avangard (17-11-1) vs Metallurg (24-4-1)

About the game

Avangard plays its lone home match of the series and is on a three-game winning streak.

Metallurg starts a two-game road trip and defeated Amur on Wednesday.

Metallurg has already defeated Avangard this season (7:4).

Injury list

Avangard: Ville Pokka, Ivan Telegin.

Metallurg: Grigory Dronov, Mikhail Pashnin.

Milestone alert

Avangard's Alexei Emelin lines up for his 400th KHL game tonight.

19:30: SKA (17-6-5) vs Sibir (13-12-4)

About the game

SKA ends a two-game home series and is on a four-match losing streak.

Sibir is in the middle of a three-game road trip and lost to Traktor on Wednesday.

Injury list

SKA: Joonas Kemppainen, Mikko Lehtonen, Vasily Tokranov.

Milestone alert

SKA's defenseman Vasily Tokranov may have his 100th KHL assist tonight (currently at 99).

19:30: HC Sochi (10-15-4) vs Lokomotiv (15-9-5)

About the game

HC Sochi is in the middle of a three-game home series and defeated Barys on Tuesday.

Lokomotiv plays its third of a four-game home series and is on a two-win streak.

The Yaroslavl side won its previous eight games against HC Sochi.

Injury list

HC Sochi: Yegor Babenko, Andrei Bakanov, Dmitry Kolgotin, Nikita Tochitsky.

19:30: Dinamo Minsk (15-10-3) vs CSKA (18-9-2)

About the game

Dinamo Minsk plays the third of a four-game home series and is on a two-loss streak.

CSKA plays its lone road game of the series and lost to Dynamo Moscow on Wednesday.

Dinamo Minsk lost its previous nine home games to CSKA, with the latest win dated Sep 14, 2014.

Injury list

Dinamo Minsk: Mario Kempe.

CSKA: Danil Yurtaikin.

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