In the West, SKA hosts Spartak. In this series too the historic situation is 2-1, but SKA won the latest two meetings. Moreover, they looked in excellent shape against Dinamo Minsk, while Spartak has fresh legs, but no game practice.
2021: second round meet-up. Avangard defeated Metallurg 4-2.
2012: second round meet-up. Avangard defeated Metallurg 4-1.
2011: second round meet-up. Metallurg defeated Avangard 4-3.
About the game
In the first round, Metallurg defeated Barys 4-1, while Avangard needed six games to get the best over Ak Bars (4-2).
In the regular season, the team exchanged two home wins each (7:4 and 3:2 in Magnitogorsk, 4:2 both times in Balashikha).
Metallurg’s forward Maxim Karpov is on a three-game scoring streak, with 5 (1+4) points over that span.
Metallurg’s forward Denis Zernov is also on a three-game scoring streak, with 5 (4+1) points.
Avangard’s forward Ivan Telegin is on a three-game scoring streak, with 3 (1+2) points.
Avangard’s goalie Simon Hrubec is on a 60:00 shutout streak.
Metallurg: Mikhail Grigoryev.
Avangard: Alexander Dergachyov.
Avangard’s forward Nikita Komarov and defenseman Damir Sharipzyanov celebrate 300 KHL games tonight.
Avangard’s forward Corban Knight lines up for his 200th KHL game.
2019: first round meet-up. SKA defeated Spartak 4-2.
2011: first round meet-up. SKA defeated Spartak 4-0.
2009: first round meet-up. Spartak defeated SKA 3-0.
About the game
In the first round, SKA defeated Dinamo Minsk in four games, while Spartak had four forfeit wins over Jokerit.
In the regular season, SKA had two wins over Spartak (4:2 at home, 2:0 on the road), while the Red-and-Whites had one win in St. Petersburg (2:1 OT on Nov 4).
SKA’s forward Andrei Kuzmenko is on a four-game scoring streak, with 8 (5+3) points over that span.
SKA’s forward Anton Burdasov is also on a four-game scoring streak, with 6 (1+5) points.
SKA’s forward Marat Khusnutdinov is on a three-game scoring streak, with 3 (1+2) points.
SKA: Joonas Kemppainen.
Spartak: Alexander Avtsin, Nikolai Chebykin.
SKA’s defenseman Vasily Tokranov may reach 100 KHL assists (currently at 99).