Barys, 2 G, 98.39 saves percentage, 0.50 goals-against average
In his first year in the KHL, the Canadian netminder is among the surprises of the season. Edward Pasquale is now sharing games with the veteran Henrik Karlsson but is posting better numbers and looking more stable between the piping. During the last week, he played two of his best games in the season so far. Pasquale started with a huge win in Ufa on Wednesday when he stopped 37 shots of 38, allowing Barys to achieve a dramatic victory and two much-needed points in the standings. The 28-years-old netminder played even better two days later when he posted his first KHL shutout stopping 24 shots in the 2-0 Barys' away win over Sibir. In front of a packed arena in Novosibirsk, Nur-Sultan posted its third straight win, getting to the second seed of the Chernyshev Division, just one point off Avangard. Barys is having an exciting regular season, and Pasquale is a massive part of it.
Admiral, 2 G, 96.05 saves percentage, 1.49 goals-against average
Admiral is on fire recently, and Juho Olkinuora's game is precisely one of the reasons. The Finnish international started strong with a 36-save, shutout win over Neftekhimik at home on Monday. Three days later, Olkinuora gained his sixth – and third straight – win of the season in Magnitogorsk. The Finn conceded three goals to the team led by Ilya Vorobyov but had another 37 saves and let Admiral to yet another win. Vladivostok is one of the hottest teams in the KHL now and is back to playoffs contention.
Jokerit, 3G, 2 (2+0) points, +2
After Olkinuora, another Finn gains acknowledgment for his strong play of late. Mikko Lehtonen is having an incredible season, and last week he was terrific again. It wasn't his most productive week, but he scored two crucial goals, to say the least. Lehtonen, who is among the top-scoring defensemen in the league with eleven points in 15 games, started the week with the OT, game-winning goal against Sochi on Thursday. In that match, he led all Jokerit skaters with 22:30 of time on ice. After staying silent in a 3-2 home win over Dinamo Minsk, he was instrumental again against Ufa on Sunday. The Finn blueliner scored a goal in the regulation, then repeated the feat during the postgame shootout to secure Jokerit its sixth straight win. The Finn side is among the League's hottest teams, and the best is yet to come for Lehtonen.
CSKA, 3 G, 5 (2+3) points, +5
The Czech forward has finally found his groove with CSKA after a rocky season and is now in an eight-game scoring streak. In this span, Jiri Sekac scored 10 (4+6) points. Last week, CSKA won all its three games, and the forward started off with the opening goal in Thursday's game against Amur (4-1). Three days later, the Red Army skated past Ak Bars for a fantastic 5-2 away win, and it was probably Sekac's best game with the CSKA jersey this year. Iced on a line with Linden Vey and Anton Slepyshev, Sekac netted the game-winning goal in the second period, adding a pair of helpers to his stellar performance. On Sunday, Sekac posted another top-notch performance against HC Sochi, when the Red Army defeated the home team with a 2-0 score. The Czech forward contributed on the score sheet with a helper for Kaprizov's second of the night in the second period. Sekac is now climbing the scoring rankings and may well be in the first positions if he keeps on scoring at today's pace.
Admiral, 3 G, 5 (3+2) points, +2
As already mentioned, Admiral is in great shape right now, with some players having incredible performances. Martin Bakos, at his fifth season in the KHL, ended the week on a four-game scoring streak. He also posted two multi-point games against Metallurg and Traktor – in both matches, the Slovakian international had a goal and a helper for Admiral. Bakos, 29, also had an assist in Monday's Admiral 2-0 win over Neftekhimik at home. The Far East franchise is now in a hot streak, and Martin Bakos is its top scorer. The team needs to go on this way to secure its fourth postseason participation, a feat that Admiral missed in the latest two seasons.