The postseason qualification fight is becoming tighter and tighter with seven games on tap on an exciting KHL Sunday. Two games are canceled.

Any team wants to qualify for the postseason, and the battles are getting to the heart in both conferences. Moreover, Ak Bars can clinch a playoff spot even if they won’t hit the ice today – it will happen if Barys loses to Metallurg in regulation.

The tense KHL matchday starts with a pair of games in the Far East, with Admiral hosting Spartak, and Amur welcoming Sibir. The Khabarovsk game will be a hot one – Amur is currently the ninth seed in the East, and they will try to achieve a win over a slumping Sibir.

The action continues being hot in the East, when Metallurg hosts Barys trying to revenge its recent defeat in Kazakhstan.

Three games in the Western Conference complete the KHL matchday. Severstal hosts HC Sochi with its top scorer Kirill Pilipenko and Daniil Vovchenko in top shape, then Vityaz hosts Avangard and Dynamo Moscow faces off with Neftekhimik with the Nizhnekamsk side trying to resist Barys and Amur’s assault in the Eastern Conference standings.

10:00: Admiral (12-29-5, 11th E) vs Spartak (26-17-4, 6th W)

About the game
Admiral is at its seventh of a nine-game home series and defeated Ak Bars on Friday.

Spartak is at its sixth of an eight-game road trip and lost to Amur also on Friday.

Admiral had its latest home win over Spartak on October 8, 2016 (6:3), and the Red-and-Whites have already defeated them this season (4:1).

Admiral may lose any playoff hope if losing against Spartak in regulation AND Barys defeats Metallurg.

Admiral’s forward Josh Kestner is on a three-game scoring streak, with 3 (1+2) points over that span.

Admiral’s defenseman Dinar Khamidullin is also on a three-game scoring streak, with 3 (2+1) points.

Injury list

Admiral: Rihards Bukarts, Evgeny Grachyov, Andrei Yermakov.

Spartak: Andrei Loktionov.

10:00: Amur (19-22-7, 9th E) vs Sibir (24-17-5, 6th E)

About the game

Amur enters the third game of a four-match home series fresh off a win over Spartak on Friday.

Sibir starts a four-game road trip and lost its previous couple of matches.

Amur’s forward Vladimir Butuzov is on a four-game scoring streak, with 4 (1+3) points over that span.

Amur’s forward Ivan Nikolishin had an assist in each of his previous four games.

Amur’s defenseman Ruslan Pedan is on a three-game scoring streak, with 4 (2+2) points.

Injury list

Amur: Michal Jordan, Gleb Koryagin, Alexander Kuznetsov.

Sibir: Maxim Goncharov, Trevor Murphy.

15:30: Avtomobilist (17-21-6, 10th E) vs Lokomotiv (23-15-9, 7th W)

Game cancelled.

15:30: Metallurg (34-11-2, 2nd E) vs Barys (21-21-4, 8th E)

About the game

Metallurg is at its second of an eight-game home series and defeated Lokomotiv on Friday.

Barys starts a four-game road trip and is on a two-match winning streak.

Metallurg has already defeated Barys twice this season (2:1, 4:3), and lost once (2:3).

Metallurg’s defenseman Linus Hultstrom had an assist in each of his previous three games.

Barys’ forwards Linden Vey and Tomas Jurco are on a three-game scoring streak, with 3 (1+2) points over that span.

Barys’ defenseman Joe Morrow is on a four-game scoring streak, with 4 (1+3) points.

Injury list

Metallurg: Grigory Dronov, Mikhail Pashnin.

Barys: Cody Kunyk.

Milestone alert

Metallurg’s defenseman Artyom Zemchyonok may score his 100th KHL point.

Metallurg’s forward Anatoly Nikontsev may reach 100 KHL assists.

17:00: Severstal (26-13-7, 5th W) vs HC Sochi (18-23-5, 11th W)

About the game

Severstal plays its lone home game of the series and defeated Kunlun Red Star on Tuesday.

HC Sochi, who has already defeated Severstal this season (5:4), starts a three-game road trip fresh off a win over Neftekhimik, also on Tuesday.

Severstal’s forward Daniil Vovchenko is on a three-game scoring streak, with 5 (1+4) points over that span.

Severstal’s forward Kirill Pilipenko scored five goals throughout his latest four games.

Injury list

Severstal: Mikhail Tikhonov.

HC Sochi: Yegor Babenko, Yaroslav Dyblenko.

18:00: Vityaz (15-19-12, 10th W) vs Avangard (27-17-2, 5th E)

About the game

Vityaz starts a four-game home series fresh off a win over CSKA on Friday.

Avangard plays its lone road game of the series after defeating Dinamo Minsk also on Friday.

The Hawks have already defeated Vityaz this season (3:0).

Vityaz’s forward Niko Ojamaki may establish a record for the most regular-season goals by a Finnish player (Teemu Hartikainen’s also had 28 in 2020-2021.

Vityaz’s forward Miro Aaltonen is on a four-game scoring streak, with 8 (2+6) points over that span.

His teammate, forward Daniel Audette, is on a three-game scoring streak, with 3 (2+1) points.

Avangard’s goalie Simon Hrubec is on an 81:13 shutout streak.

Injury list

Vityaz: Ivan Volodin, Alexander Yaremchuk.

18:00: Dynamo Moscow (30-13-3, 2nd W) vs Neftekhimik (20-19-8, 7th E)

About the game

Dynamo Moscow starts a three-game home series and lost to Jokerit on Wednesday.

Neftekhimik ends a three-game road trip and is on a two-match losing streak.

Dynamo Moscow has already defeated Neftekhimik this season (3:0).

Injury list

Dynamo Moscow: Mikhail Fisenko, Vladislav Yefremov.

Neftekhimik: Alexei Puzanov.

18:00: SKA (30-10-6, 1st W) vs CSKA (29-13-5, 4th W)

Game cancelled

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