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The KHL is about to stop for the New Year festivities, but there is still a lot of hockey in front of the fans, with six games in three countries on tap on an exciting KHL Wednesday!

The KHL Matchday starts in the Far East, with Admiral trying to improve its results facing SKA. St. Petersburg is currently the second seed of the Western Conference, and the Army Men will certainly want to improve their record. Then, Sibir hosts Neftekhimik. Both teams have been hot recently, and both are trying to collect as many points as possible to clinch a postseason qualification – the temperature will be hot in Novosibirsk, even if it’s December’s end.

In Nur-Sultan plenty of emotions are to be expected as well when Barys hosts Salavat Yulaev. In the day’s last Eastern game, Avtomobilist will also try to get a much-needed win welcoming Ak Bars. The Motormen are in a disappointing ninth place and a win over Kazan would be excellent to boost their morale before the New Year.

The action then moves to the West, where Lokomotiv hosts Spartak and Dinamo Minsk faces off with Metallurg in two key showdowns for the Western Conference’s seeding.

12:30: Admiral (11-27-5, 11th E) vs SKA (27-10-6, 2nd W)

About the game
Admiral plays its fourth of a nine-game home series and lost to Neftekhimik on Monday.

SKA, who has already defeated Admiral this season (9:2), is at its third of a four-game road trip and lost to Amur also on Monday.

Admiral lost its previous five home games to SKA, with its most recent and only win dated 2014 Jan 3 (5:4 SO).

SKA’s forward Nikita Gusev is on a four-game scoring streak, with 8 (2+6) points over that span.

Injury list

Admiral: Rihars Bukarts, Evgeny Grachyov, Dmitry Lugin.

SKA: Stepan Falkovsky, Vasily Tokranov.

15:30: Sibir (23-16-4, 6th E) vs Neftekhimik (19-18-6, 7th E)

About the game

Sibir is at its sixth of an eight-game home series and defeated Salavat Yulaev on Monday,

Neftekhimik ends a seven-game road trip and defeated Admiral also on Monday.

Sibir has defeated the Wolves twice this season (3:2 SO, 3:0) and lost once (2:4).
Sibir’s forward Valentin Pyanov is on a three-game scoring series, with 4 (2+2) points over that span.

Neftekhimik’s defenseman Lukas Klok had an assist in each of his previous three games.

His teammate, forward Dan Sexton, is on a four-game scoring streak, with 4 (1+3) point.

Injury list

Sibir: Trevor Murphy.

Neftekhimik: Alexei Puzanov.

16:30: Barys (19-20-4, 8th E) vs Salavat Yulaev (26-12-5, 4th E)

About the game

Barys is at its second of a four-game scoring streak and defeated Avtomobilist on Monday,

Salavat Yulaev ends a two-game road trip and lost to Sibir also on Monday.

The Ufa side has already defeated Barys this season (5:2).

Salavat Yulaev’s forward Sakari Manninen is on a five-game scoring streak, with 6 (4+2) points over that span.

Injury list

Barys: Cody Kunyk, Arkady Shestakov.

Suspensions

Salavat Yulaev’s forward Pyotr Khokhryakov serves the last match of a five-game ban.

17:00: Avtomobilist (17-20-6, 9th E) vs Ak Bars (26-11-6, 3rd E)

About the game

Avtomobilist plays its lone home game of the series and lost to Barys on Monday.

Ak Bars starts a nine-game road trip fresh off a win over Metallurg also on Monday.

Avtomobilist lost its previous seven home games to Ak Bars, with the latest win dated Sep 06, 2017 (3:2). Moreover, Ak Bars has already defeated the Motormen twice this season (3:2, 5:4).

Ak Bars’ forward Dmitry Kagarlitsky is on a seven-game scoring streak, with 10 (1+9) points over that span.

His teammate, defenseman Steven Kampfer, is on a six-game scoring streak, with 10 (3+7) points.

Injury list

Avtomobilist: Georgy Belousov, Alexei Makeyev, Johan Mattsson, Shane Prince.

Ak Bars: Alexander Burmistrov, Kirill Panyukov.

Milestone alert

Ak Bars’ forward Artyom Lukoyanov may reach 100 KHL assists (currently at 99).

19:00: Lokomotiv (23-12-8, 6th W) vs Spartak (24-17-3, 7th W)

About the game

Lokomotiv starts a two-game home series and won its previous couple of matches.

Spartak plays its third of a seven-game road trip and is on a three-match winning streak.

Lokomotiv has already defeated Spartak twice this season (4:2, 2:1 SO) and his goalie Daniil Isayev is on a 77:43 shutout streak.

Spartak’s forward Alexander Khokhlachyov is on a five-game scoring streak, with 5 (2+3) points over that span.

Injury list

Lokomotiv: Maxim Shalunov.

Spartak: Andrei Loktionov.

Milestone alert

Lokomotiv’s forward Artur Kayumov may reach 100 KHL points (currently at 99).

His teammate, defenseman Alexei Marchenko, may score his 100th career assist (currently at 99).

19:30: Dinamo Minsk (20-15-8, 8th W) vs Metallurg (32-9-2, 1st E)

About the game

Dinamo Minsk plays its lone home game of the series and lost to CSKA on Sunday.

Metallurg is at its fourth of a six-game road trip and lost to Ak Bars on Monday.

Magnitka has already defeated Dinamo this season (5:4 SO).

Metallurg’s forward Nikolai Goldobin is on a three-game scoring streak, with 5 (2+3) points over that span.

Metallurg’s forward Philippe Maillet is also on a three-game scoring streak, with 3 (2+1) points.

Metallurg’s forward Brandon Leipsic had an assist in each of his previous three games.

Injury list

Metallurg: Grigory Dronov, Mikhail Pashnin.

Milestone alert

Metallurg’s forward Anatoly Nikontsev may reach 100 KHL assists (currently at 99).

Metallurg’s goalie Juho Olkinuora and forward Leipsic may line up for their 100th KHL game.

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