D, Avangard, 4 G, 4 (2+2) points, +2
After the Euro Hockey Tour pause, Kaski resumed its strong play for Avangard with a four-point performance in week 11. Last year’s game-seven hero started his week handing out two helpers in the Hawk’s 5:0 win over Kunlun Red Star. After being silent in Avangard’s 3:0 victory, Kaski scored in two consecutive games, first against the Dragons, then when the Hawks downed Metallurg on Friday.
Avangard is currently the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference and Kaski is the side’s top-scoring d-man with 22 (7+15) points in 31 games. Moreover, he has been picked by the fans as Team Scandinavia’s starting defenseman at the 2022 Fonbet KHL All-Star Game.
F, Avangard, 4 G, 4 (1+3) points, +4
The Canadian forward is a force for the Hawks, and last week he once again demonstrated his worth — especially in Avangard’s 4:2 win over Metallurg on Friday. With the Steelers, Knight first tied the game up in the second period, then assisted on Kaski’s game-winner with ten minutes to the final hooter.
The Canadian forward is one of the most critical players for the Hawks, other than its top scorer, with 31 (12+19) points in as many games. Just as Kaski, Knight will be a starter at the 2022 Fonbet KHL All-Star Game for Team North America.
G, Avangard, 4 G, 4 W, 1 SO, 96,34%, GAA 0.75
The Hawks’ Czech netminder has been awesome last week, starting in all four games and gaining four wins, with one shutout. Only once did he post less than 25 saves — in Avangard’s 4:1 win over Kunlun Red Star.
Hrubec, who right before the start of the week celebrated with another shutout his 100th KHL game, rejected all the shots by Vityaz on the Nov 25 game. Then, after the win over Kunlun, Hrubec had another striking performance when he helped the Hawks defeat Metallurg 4:2 on home soil. Three days later, on Nov 22, the Czech had 37 saves when Avangard defeated Amur in Khabarovsk (3:1). The Gagarin Cup reigning champion is having an excellent contribution from its international players and will be a challenging client to deal with in the playoffs.
F, Dynamo Moscow, 3 G, 3 (0+3) points, +4
The Swedish centerman has finally returned from his injury, and he did it in style — Lindberg now has 7 (1+6) points in seven games for the Blue-and-Whites, and his return will certainly help Dynamo in the rest of the season.
Last week, Lindberg helped Dynamo win three games in a row. He had an assist in each of them, including helping Andrei Sergeyev net the game-winner in the Blue-and-Whites’ 3:1 home win over Salavat Yulaev. However, what counts more, is that finally, Lindberg healed his injury and will contribute to Dynamo’s playoff push. The Blue-and-Whites are currently the second seed in the Western Conference and will try to catch Jokerit up for the supremacy in the standings.