A dramatic final day of action in the Eastern Conference went down to the wire. First, Amur lost in a shoot-out at Admiral, only to learn that it had secured a playoff place after Sibir went down at home to Traktor. That left Avangard needing a win in regulation time to make the top eight – and after trailing 1-3 at Barys, the Hawks got there with 60 seconds to spare.
Ak Bars secured top spot in the Eastern Conference thanks to a victory at home to Torpedo, while its closest rival, Neftekhimik, stumbled against Lada. Wins for Amur and Sibir put them one step away from freezing Avangard out of the playoffs, while Severstal’s win at CSKA put pressure on Spartak and Dynamo Moscow in the West. SKA’s rested its Olympic stars in Helsinki, and went down to defeat at Jokerit.
In the third of our country-by-country series of Olympic previews, we sought the views of Team Finland General Manager Jere Lehtinen about putting together the roster, the role of the sixteen KHL players in the team, and the nation's hopes and expectations from the upcoming tournament.
KHL.ru continues its Olympic hockey preview with a look at the Czech Republic roster. Head coach Josef Jandac spoke to us about his players (15 of whom are from KHL clubs), their selection, and the expectations of the team as they prepare to fight for gold in PyeongChang.