But Avangard is having quite a nice season itself. CSKA is expecting a win in Minsk while both Neftekhimik and Severstal look to keep their 2-game winning streak up and running.

17:00: Neftekhimik (17-15-4) vs Salavat (19-13-5)

About the game

● Neftekhimik is playing the 3rd of three straight home games.

● Salavat is on a 1-game road trip.

● Neftekhimik is coming into this game on a 2-game winning streak.

● Salavat is coming into this game fresh off a loss.

● Salavat defeated Neftekhimik once this season by a score of 2-0.

● Berglund has points in 3 straight games, going 4-1-5 over that span.

● Kugryshev has points in 3 straight games, going 1-3-4 over that span.

Injury list

Neftekhimik: Rafael Bikmullin, Pavel Poryadin, Yevgeni Ryasensky, Bulat Shafigullin

Salavat: Teemu Hartikainen, Pyotr Khokhryakov

17:00: Severstal (12-17-7) vs Lokomotiv (19-16-1)

About the game

● Severstal is on a 1-game homestand.

● Lokomotiv is playing the 1st of three straight road games.

● Severstal is coming into this game on a 2-game winning streak.

● Lokomotiv is coming into this game fresh of a loss.

Injury list

Severstal: Geoff Kinrade

Lokomotiv: Andrei Markov, Artyom Ilyenko, Jakub Nakladal, Stepan Sannikov

Milestone alert

Forward Daniil Apalkov is hoping to collect his 200th career KHL point (currently at 199).

17:00: Avangard (21-9-6) vs. Ak Bars (27-6-2)

About the game

● Avangard is playing the 1st of five straight home games.

● Ak Bars is playing the 3rd of three straight road games.

● Avangard is coming into this contest having lost its last contest.

● Ak Bars is coming into this contest having won its last game.

● Ak Bars defeated Avangard 3-0 earlier this season.

Injury list

Avangard: Artyom Manukyan, Alexander Sudnitsin, Denis Zernov, Maxim Chudinov

Ak Bars: Artyom Lukoyanov, Kirill Petrov, Mikhail Fisenko

Milestone alert

Defensemen Vyacheslav Voynov, Alexei Bondarev and Nikita Pivtsakin are each hoping to collect their 100th career KHL point (currently at 99).

Forward Patrice Cormier is hoping to suit up for his 100th career KHL game (currently at 99).

Defenseman Albert Yarullin is hoping to collect his 100th career KHL point (currently at 99).

17:10: Dinamo Minsk (9-17-9) vs. CSKA (23-8-3)

About the game

● Dinamo Minsk is playing the 2nd of four straight home games.

● CSKA is playing the 1st of four straight road games.

● Dinamo Minsk is entering this contest on a 5-game losing streak.

● CSKA is entering this contest having won its last contest.

● Dynamo Minsk last defeated CSKA on home ice on September 14th, 2014, by a score of 3-2.

● Gragnani has points in 3 straight games, going 0-4-4 over that span.

Injury list

Dinamo Minsk: Sergei Kostitsyn, Roman Dostanko, Stefan Elliott

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