After Sergei Zubov left the team, Dinamo Riga only won two games under their interim head coach Valerijs Kulibaba. Yesterday, the Latvian franchise announced to have appointed the veteran Vladimir Krikunov as their new bench boss – the coach spent six years in Riga as a player, between 1976-1982. Getting to the playoffs won’t be easy even for an expert like Krikunov, but there is still plenty of time.
In the meantime, Jokerit tries to build a new winning streak on a trip to the Moscow Region. After defeating Lokomotiv on Sunday with Janne Juvonen’s second shutout, the Jokers will have some extra motivation – head coach Lauri Marjamaki may become the most successful Finnish coach in the KHL history, as he is now tied with Kari Heikkila at 127 regular-season wins.
The KHL matchday ends with a showdown between SKA and Dinamo Minsk. The St. Petersburg Army Men aren’t in their best shape, while the Belarussian side has just defeated Traktor on Sunday. Even if only three games are on tap, emotions will be running in an exciting KHL Wednesday.
About the game
Vityaz starts a two-game home series and lost to Torpedo on Monday.
Jokerit starts a two-game road trip and defeated Lokomotiv on Sunday.
Vityaz’s forward Niko Ojamaki is on a four-game scoring streak, with 4 (3+1) points over that span.
Jokerit’s coach Lauri Marjamaki can set an absolute record for the most wins among Finnish coaches in the regular season (currently tied with Kari Heikkila at 127).
Jokerit’s goalie Janne Juvonen is on a 63:03 shutout streak.
Vityaz: Daniel Audette, Vitaly Popov, Alexander Yaremchuk.
Jokerit: Henrik Haapala.
About the game
SKA is in the middle of a three-game home series and lost to Severstal on Monday.
Dinamo Minsk starts a three-game road trip and defeated Traktor on Sunday.
SKA has already defeated Dinamo Minsk this season (2:1 OT), and won its previous six home games against the Belarussian side with the most recent loss dated Dec 19, 2017 (2:3 SO). However, the Army Men lost its previous five home games, with the latest win achieved over Kunlun Red Star on Oct 21 (7:0).
SKA’s forward Nikita Gusev is on a three-game scoring streak, with 8 (3+5) points over that span.
Dinamo Minsk’s forward Taylor Beck had an assist in each of his previous three games.
SKA: Mikko Lehtonen, Vasily Tokranov.
Dinamo Minsk: Mario Kempe, Alexei Kolosov, Ilya Usov.
SKA’s forward Anton Burdasov lines up for his 600th KHL game tonight.
His teammate, forward Andrei Kuzmenko, may break the 200-point mark (currently at 197).
About the game
Dinamo Riga ends a two-game home series and lost its previous five matches.
Severstal ends a two-game road trip and is on a four-match winning streak.
The Cherepovets side has already defeated three times Dinamo Riga this season (2:1 OT, 2:0, 2:0).
Severstal’s defenseman Robin Press is on a three-game scoring streak, with 4 (1+3) points over that span.
His teammate, defenseman Ilya Khokhlov, is also on a three-game scoring streak, with 3 (1+2) points.
Dinamo Riga: Martins Karsums, Alexander Protapovich.
Severstal: Andrei Churkin, Jakob Stenqvist.