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The Chelyabinsk franchise is still one of the Eastern Conference leaders but suffered from a disappointing 0:2 defeat on Wednesday against SKA. Traktor moves to Novosibirsk trying to forget about the performance.

Only one game is on tap on a light KHL Saturday as the second Euro Hockey Tour pause of the season is getting closer and closer. Sibir welcomes Traktor after a shutout win over Neftekhimik on Wednesday – the team led by Andrei Martemyanov starts a long, eight-game home series and will want to secure as many points as possible to enlarge the gap over the conference rivals for a playoff spot.

On the other hand, Traktor is still chasing Magnitka in the standings – a road win would mean for them an opportunity to get to the EHT pause tasting the victory, and get two points closer to Metallurg.

13:30: Sibir (20-14-4, 6th E) vs Traktor (27-10-3, 2nd E)

About the game
Sibir starts an eight-game home series fresh off a victory over Neftekhimik on Wednesday.

Traktor starts a two-game road trip after a loss to SKA, also on Wednesday.

Traktor won twice over Sibir this season (3:2 OT, 3:2 SO), and lost once (0:2).

Sibir’s goalie Harri Sateri is on an 89:39 shutout streak.

Sibir’s defenseman Trevor Murphy is on a three-game scoring streak, with 4 (2+2) points over that span.
Traktor’s forward Vitaly Kravtsov had an assist in each of his previous three games.

Injury list

Traktor: Alexei Byvaltsev, Vyacheslav Osnovin.

Milestone alert

Traktor’s forward Teemu Pulkkinen lines up for his 200th KHL game.

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