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The Jokers may win their 20th game of the season in a home game against Spartak and retain the leadership in the West. Five games are on tap on an exciting KHL Saturday.

Jokerit is having a tremendous season, and they are looking to extend their leadership in the Western Conference further with a home game against Spartak. The Moscow side won’t be an easy client for Lauri Marjamaki’s men, but Jokerit won 11 of 18 KHL games against the Red-and-Whites.

The KHL matchday starts with Severstal facing Barys trying to build a new winning streak after losing to CSKA a couple of games ago.

Then, Torpedo faces Ak Bars in a back-to-back after Friday's win over Admiral.

However, other than the Jokerit game, the other summit clash of the KHL Saturday is the showdown between Dynamo Moscow and Salavat Yulaev. Both sides are high in the standings and high-level hockey is to be expected at the VTB Arena.

Vityaz hosts Kunlun Red Star in the remaining Saturday game.

17:00: Severstal (17-8-3) vs Barys (10-15-4)

About the game
Severstal plays its lone home game of the series and defeated Dinamo Minsk on Wednesday.
Barys ends a three-game road trip and is on a four-match losing streak.
Severstal already defeated Barys this season (5:1), but has lost its previous three home games against the Kazakh franchise.

Injury list
Severstal: Yegor Morozov, Jakob Stenqvist.

17:00: Torpedo (14-12-3) vs Ak Bars (18-8-4)

About the game
Torpedo ends a six-game home series and defeated Admiral on Friday.
Ak Bars ends a three-match road trip and is on a three-game winning streak.
Torpedo already defeated Ak Bars this season

Injury list
Ak Bars: Nikolai Kovalenko, Par Lindholm.

Milestone alert
Ak Bars’ forward Dmitry Kagarlitsky may score his 150th KHL goal tonight (currently at 149).
Ak Bars’ goalie Igor Bobkov may record his 30th career shutout.

17:00: Vityaz (7-14-8) vs Kunlun Red Star (7-19-3)

About the game
Vityaz is in the middle of a three-game home series and is on a four-loss streak.
Kunlun Red Star starts a two-game road trip and also is on a four-loss streak.
The Dragons already defeated Vityaz this season (4:2).

Injury list
Vityaz: Igor Golovkov, Vitaly Popov, Alexander Yaremchuk.
Kunlun Red Star: Colin Joe.

Suspensions
Kunlun Red Star’s Brandon Yip serves the first game of a two-match ban.

17:00: Dynamo Moscow (19-10-0) vs Salavat Yulaev (20-8-2)

About the game
Dynamo Moscow starts a three-game home series on a three-win streak.
Salavat Yulaev ends a three-game road trip and had three wins in a row.

Injury list
Dynamo Moscow: Ivan Kulbakov, Andrei Pedan.

Milestone alert
Dynamo Moscow’s goalie Ivan Bocharov may reach 20 KHL shutouts.
Salavat Yulaev’s newly-signed defenseman Viktor Antipin may reach the 200-point mark tonight, as he’s currently at 199.
Salavat Yulaev’s goalie Alexander Sharychenkov may line up for his 200th KHL game.

17:00: Jokerit (19-6-4) vs Spartak (15-13-2)

About the game
Jokerit ends a two-game home series and defeated Admiral on Wednesday.
Spartak plays its lone road game of the series and defeated Barys on Thursday.

Injury list
Jokerit: Henrik Haapala, Philip Holm.
Spartak: Sergei Shirokov.

Milestone alert
Jokerit’s forward Veli-Matti Savinainen lines up for his 300th KHL game.
Spartak’s defenseman Alexander Bryntsev plays his 400th KHL game.
Spartak’s forward Danila Kvartalnov lines up for his 100th career game tonight.

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