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The KHL World Games are back with a showdown in Dubai between two Eastern leaders – Avangard and Ak Bars. In the meantime, Jokerit faces SKA in St. Petersburg for a Western Conference classic.

The United Arab Emirates are another country in the already rich KHL geography, and the 2021 KHL World Games are finally going to show two of the league’s best teams to further popularize its image abroad. It’s always a great game between Avangard and Ak Bars, and fans in Dubai will certainly be welcomed by a heated matchup with plenty of emotions and – hopefully – goals.

But the KHL doesn’t stop – after the game in Dubai, another two games are on tap in the Western Conference. Vityaz hosts Dinamo Minsk as both teams need point for their playoff push. In Helsinki, Jokerit welcomes SKA in their third encounter this season. The teams exchanged wins in the first two, and both will be determined to win to boost the side’s morale and make steps forwards in the league’s standings.

16:15: Avangard (20-12-2, 5th E) vs Ak Bars (21-9-5, 3rd E)

About the game
Avangard formally plays its second straight home game in a series of three, and defeated Neftekhimik on Tuesday.
Ak Bars ends a three-game road trip and lost to Dynamo Moscow on Monday and has already defeated Avangard twice this season (3:2, 2:1).
Avangard’s forward Corban Knight is on a three-game scoring streak, with 5 (1+4) points over that span.

Avangard’s forward Sergei Tolchinsky is on a three-game scoring streak, with four assists.

Avangard’s forward Nikita Soshnikov is on a three-game scoring streak, with 4 (1+3) points.

Ak Bars’ forward Dmitry Kagarlitsky had an assist in each of his previous three games.

Injury list

Ak Bars: Alexander Burmistrov, Nikolai Kovalenko.

Milestone alert

Avangard’s defenseman Maxim Goncharov lines up for his 500th KHL game.

Ak Bars’ forward Dmitry Kagarlitsky may net his 150th KHL goal (currently at 149).

Ak Bars’ goalie Igor Bobkov may record his 30th career shutout.

19:30: Vityaz (9-16-10, 11th W) vs Dinamo Minsk (16-12-6, 8th W)

About the game

Vityaz ends a two-game home series and lost its previous couple of matches.

Dinamo Minsk is in the middle of a three-game road trip and lost against SKA on Wednesday.

Vityaz’s forward Niko Ojamaki is on a five-game scoring streak, with 5 (4+1) points over that span.

Dinamo Minsk’s forward Taylor Beck had an assist in each of his previous four games.

Injury list

Vityaz: Vitaly Popov, Alexander Yaremchuk.

Dinamo Minsk: Mario Kempe, Lukas Krejcik, Anton Lindholm.

19:30: SKA (20-9-5, 5th W) vs Jokerit (22-7-6, 1st W)

About the game

SKA ends a three-game home series and defeated Dinamo Minsk on Wednesday.

Jokerit ends a two-game road trip and is on a two-match winning streak.

The teams have already faced twice this season, with one win each (2:0, 4:5 OT).

SKA’s forward Nikita Gusev is on a four-game scoring streak, with 10 (4+6) points over that span.

Injury list

SKA: Mikko Lehtonen, Vasily Tokranov.

Jokerit: Henrik Haapala.

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