Нижний Новгород (17:00)
Two games in two countries are on tap for Saturday. First, Barys hosts Vityaz in Nur-Sultan. The Kazakhs are in excellent shape, with three straight wins, including defeating Severstal on Nov 20. Nikita Mikhailis and Curtis Valk are red hot, with running scoring streaks, and it won’t be easy for Vityaz to stop them. However, the Moscow Region side has just defeated Salavat Yulaev in Ufa, so everything is possible in this Saturday duel.
In the remaining game, Severstal welcomes Torpedo. Andrei Razin’s men are one of the main sensations of the season, and they are looking for a third consecutive victory as they host the Nizhny Novgorod side. However, Damir Zhafyarov celebrates his 500th career game tonight – what would be better than a goal or two to honor the milestone?
About the game
Barys plays the third game of a four-match series and is on a three-win streak.
Vityaz is in the middle of a three-game road trip and defeated Salavat Yulaev on Thursday.
Barys won its previous six home games against Vityaz, with the latest defeat dated Sep 10, 2014 (0:2).
Barys’ forward Nikita Mikhailis is on a four-game scoring streak, with 4 (2+2) points over that span.
His teammate Curtis Valk is on a seven-game scoring streak, with 7 (2+5) points.
Vityaz: Daniel Audette, Yegor Popov, Alexander Yaremchuk.
Barys’ forward Linden Vey may reach the 200-point mark (currently at 199).
Vityaz’s forward Fyodor Malykhin may net his 100th career goal (currently at 99).
About the game
Severstal ends a two-game home series and is on a two-match winning streak.
Torpedo ends a three-game road trip and lost to Barys on Thursday.
Severstal has already defeated Torpedo twice this season (3:2 SO, 2:1) and its goalie Vladislav Podyapolsky is on a 114:27 shutout streak.
Torpedo’s defenseman Ziyat Paigin is on a three-game scoring streak, with 3 (1+2) points over that span.
Severstal: Andrei Churkin, Robert Rooba, Yegor Rykov, Jakob Stenqvist.
Torpedo: Theodor Lennstrom, Daniel Zaar.
Torpedo’s forward Damir Zhafyarov plays his 500th KHL game tonight.
Torpedo’s forward Kirill Urakov lines up for his 300th career game.
Torpedo’s defenseman Yegor Martynov may reach 100 KHL assists (currently at 99).