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.
With just hours, rather than days remaining until the start of the 2018 Olympic hockey tournament, KHL.ru completes its preview of the teams with a look at the USA, Slovakia, Slovenia and Norway. None of the quartet would regard itself as among the favourites for gold in PyeongChang, but all four boast some highly talented players from the KHL.