SKA Petersburg vs HC Yugra by Sors
SKA's offense exploded for eight goals in Saturday's 8-1 win in Shanghai, fourth consecutive for the home team after those against Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (5-4 SO/home), Admiral Vladivostok (2-0/away) and Amur Khabarovsk on Nov. 16 (3-2/away) and 31st in thirty-four games since the beginning of the new campaign in the KHL.
Pavel Datsyuk (c /24 7 goals + 20 assists) will miss ninth straight game, but even without him SKA Saint Petersburg owns incredible potential in offense in Patrik Hersley (d /28 10+16), Sergei Shirokov (rw /31 14+17), Ilya Kovalchuk (rw /33 23+16), Sergei Plotnikov (lw /34 7+14), Nikita Gusev (lw /34 19+25), Sergei Kalinin (c /32 10+9), etc., as the hosts have scored a total of 154 goals in thirty-four games (4.26 per game) and four or more goals in half of their last eight outings.Anton Belov (d /6 1+2), Roman Rukavishnikov (d /13 0+4) and Artyom Zub (d /21 0+2) are also unavailable due to injuries.
However, there is something that should be taken into account here: the hosts are doing better on the road than in their home arena, especially in defense, as SKA Saint Petersburg conceded just 18 goals in seventeen road games (1.06 per game), compared to 36 goals in seveteen games at Ice Palace (2.12 per game).In fact, the last time when this team conceded less than two goals in a home game was more than two months ago (a 5-0 win over Traktor Chelyabinsk on Sept. 18).
Yugra continues to struggle, as the guests sit on the last spot in the Eastern Conference, with only ten wins after thirty-two games (3-7-4-18 56/103) and four consecutive defeats in November against CSKA Moscow (0-5/home), Slovan Bratislava (2-4/home), Jokerit (0-3/home) and Sibir Novosibirsk last Wednesday (1-2 OT/home).Igor Zakharkin's side owns the league's second-worst defense, as the guests conceded a total of 103 goals (3.22 per game) and three or more goals in ten of their previous twelve games against opponents that are currently in the top 5 in their conferences.
Pavel Valentenko (d /10 0+3) and Konstantin Panov (rw /26 2+0) are out due to injury.
I expect more than five goals in that game between the teams of SKA Saint Petersburg and Yugra.
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