After losing the Eastern Conference’s first place to Traktor, Metallurg returns home to host Lokomotiv trying to surpass Traktor again. Seven games are on tap on an action-packed KHL Friday!

The KHL matchday starts with two Far East games, with Admiral hosting Ak Bars, and Amur welcoming Spartak. The Red-and-Whites recently climbed to the top of the KHL power rankings with its current winning streak, and it won’t be easy for Amur to stop them. On its turn, Kazan will also be motivated against Admiral as they only lack one point to clinch a playoff spot before the Olympics pause.

Metallurg hosts Lokomotiv trying to return the Eastern leadership after an away loss to Barys on Wednesday – Traktor instead defeated the Railwaymen in OT and surpassed Magnitka to lead the East.

In the Western Conference, the temperature won’t be any colder. First, CSKA hosts Vityaz – the Moscow Region franchise’s Finn players are in hot shape, while the Red Army won its previous couple of games.

Then, in key clashes for the playoffs, Torpedo travels to St. Petersburg and Dinamo Minsk faces Avangard. A showdown between HC Sochi and Neftekhimik ends an exciting KHL Friday.

10:00: Admiral (11-29-5, 11th E) vs Ak Bars (29-11-6, 3rd E)

About the game
Admiral enters the third of a six-game home series on a three-match losing streak.
Ak Bars is at its fourth of a nine-game road trip and won its previous four matches. Moreover, Kazan clinches a playoff spot if ends today’s game with at least one point.
Ak Bars has already defeated Admiral this season (2:1 SO).
Ak Bars’ forward Artyom Galimov is on a three-game scoring streak, with 5 (3+2) points over that span.
Ak Bars’ forward Kirill Panyukov scored a goal in each of his previous three matches.

Injury list
Admiral: Rihards Bukarts, Evgeny Grachyov, Dmitry Lugin, Andrei Yermakov.
Ak Bars: Alexander Burmistrov, Dmitry Voronkov, Dmitry Yudin.

Milestone alert
Admiral’s forward Artyom Gareyev lines up for his 400th KHL game.
Ak Bars’ forward Danis Zaripov may play his 800th KHL game.
Ak Bars’ goalie Igor Bobkov may record his 30th career shutout.

10:00: Amur (18-22-7, 9th E) vs Spartak (26-17-3, 6th W)

About the game
Amur plays its second of a four-match home series and lost to Ak Bars on Tuesday.
Spartak enters the fifth of an eight-game road trip and is on a five-match winning streak.
Amur won its previous five home games against Spartak, with the latest defeat dated Sep 10, 2015 (1:2). However, Spartak has already defeated the Tigers this season (3:1).
Amur’s forwards Vladimir Butuzov and Ivan Nikolishin had an assist in each of their previous three games.

Injury list
Amur: Michal Jordan, Gleb Koryagin, Alexander Kuznetsov, Gleb Shashkov.
Spartak: Andrei Loktionov.

Milestone alert
Spartak’s defenseman Mikhail Mamkin lines up for his 500th KHL game.

14:30: CSKA (29-13-4, 4th W) vs Vityaz (14-19-12, 10th W)

About the game
CSKA ends a six-game home series and is on a two-match winning streak.
Vityaz plays its lone road game of the series and lost to Dinamo Minsk on Tuesday.
CSKA has already defeated Vityaz this season (6:5 SO).
Vityaz’s forward Miro Aaltonen is on a three-game scoring streak, with 6 (1+5) points over that span.

Injury list
CSKA: Nikita Rtishchev, Danil Yurtaikin.
Vityaz: Ivan Volodin, Alexander Yaremchuk.

Milestone alert
Vityaz’s defenseman Evgeny Lisovets lines up for his 400th KHL game.
His teammate, forward Vitaly Popov, plays his 300th career game.

15:00: Metallurg (33-11-2, 2nd E) vs Lokomotiv (23-14-9, 7th W)

About the game
Metallurg starts an eight-game home series after losing to Barys on Tuesday.
Lokomotiv is in the middle of a three-game road trip and lost its previous three matches.
Metallurg won its previous six home games against the Railwaymen, with the most recent loss dated Oct 22, 2013 (1:2 SO). However, Lokomotiv has defeated Magnitka earlier this season (3:2).
Lokomotiv’s forward Alexei Anisimov is on a four-game scoring streak, with 7 (4+3) points over that span.

Injury list
Metallurg: Grigory Dronov, Mikhail Pashnin.
Lokomotiv: Maxim Shalunov.

Milestone alert
Metallurg’s forward Nikita Korostelyov lines up for his 100th KHL game.
Metallurg’s forward Anatoly Nikontsev may score his 100th KHL assist.

17:00: SKA (29-10-6, 1st W) vs Torpedo (21-18-7, 9th W)

About the game
SKA starts a four-game home series and is on a two-match winning streak.
Torpedo ends a three-game road trip and defeated HC Sochi on Tuesday.
SKA won its previous six home games against Torpedo, with the most recent defeat dated Aug 29, 2015 (1:3). However, Torpedo has already defeated SKA this season (3:2).
SKA’s forward Andrei Kuzmenko is on a four-game scoring streak, with 7 (2+5) points over that span.
Torpedo’s goalie Alexei Murygin is on a 95:02 shutout streak.
Torpedo’s forward Andy Miele is on an eleven-game scoring streak, with 14 (6+8) points and may establish a club record.

Injury list
SKA: Stepan Falkovsky, Joonas Kemppainen, Vasily Tokranov.
Torpedo: Mikhail Orlov, Artur Tyanulin, Daniel Zaar.

Milestone alert
SKA’s forward Artyom Galimov may score his 200th KHL point tonight.

17:00: HC Sochi (17-23-5, 10th W) vs Neftekhimik (20-18-8, 7th E)

About the game
HC Sochi ends a five-game home series and lost its previous five matches.
Neftekhimik is in the middle of a three-game road trip and lost to CSKA on Wednesday.
HC Sochi has already defeated Neftekhimik this season (1:0).
Neftekhimik’s forward Dan Sexton is on a six-game scoring streak, with 6 (2+4) points over that span.
His teammate, forward Vyacheslav Leshchenko, has an incredible seven goals in his latest seven games.

Injury list
HC Sochi: Yegor Babenko, Yaroslav Dyblenko.
Neftekhimik: Alexei Puzanov.

17:30: Avangard (26-17-2, 5th E) vs Dinamo Minsk (23-15-8, 8th W)

About the game
Avangard plays its lone home game of the series and lost its previous couple of matches.
Dinamo Minsk is at its third of a four-game road trip and won three consecutive matches.
Dinamo Minsk’s forward Taylor Beck is on a five-game scoring streak, with 9 (2+7) points over that span.
Dinamo Minsk’s defenseman Adam Almquist had four assists throughout his latest three games.
Dinamo Minsk’s forward Artyom Demkov is on a three-game scoring streak, with 4 (3+1) points.

Injury list
Dinamo Minsk: Sergei Bolshakov, Alexander Suvorov.

Milestone alert
Dinamo Minsk’s forward Malte Stromwall may score his 100th KHL point.

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