For the first time in 17 years, Dynamo Moscow misses out on a playoff place following a 4-3 loss to city rival Spartak. The Red-and-Whites proceed to face CSKA in post season, while Severstal claims eighth place after a shoot-out defeat at SKA.
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 part four of our country-by-country series of Olympic previews, we turn our attention to the reigning Olympic champion, Canada, who for the first time this century will be fighting for gold without their leading players from the National Hockey league. As a result, head coach Willie Desjardins called upon no fewer than 12 players from the KHL (and also Linden Vey, now at Zurich, but who was plying his trade at Barys Astana when he was named in the roster).