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2018–19 KHL season

The 2018–19 KHL season is the eleventh season of the Kontinental Hockey League. The season started on 1 September 2018 and is due to end in April 2019.

2018–19 KHL season
LeagueKontinental Hockey League
SportIce hockey
Duration1 September 2018 – April 2019
Number of teams25
Regular season
Continental Cup winnerCSKA Moscow
Gagarin Cup
KHL seasons
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Contents

Season changesEdit

For the 2018–19 season, 25 teams are competing in the KHL – down from 27 in 2017–18. The two teams that were excluded from the league were HC Lada Togliatti and HC Yugra,[1] with both teams moving to the Supreme Hockey League. As well as this, Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod were moved from the Western Conference,[2] to the Eastern Conference; as a result, the Western Conference consisted of 12 teams and the Eastern Conference consisted of 13 teams.

The 2018–19 season features the most games of any KHL season to date, with each team scheduled to play 62 games,[2] up from 56 in 2017–18.

KHL World GamesEdit

This season witnessed the first time that KHL games were played in Austria and Switzerland, as part of the KHL World Games.[3] Slovan Bratislava played in both Austrian games (on 26 and 28 October) at the Albert Schultz Eishalle in Vienna – home to the Vienna Capitals of the Austrian Hockey League – losing 9–0 to CSKA Moscow,[4] and 7–0 to SKA Saint Petersburg.[5] The Swiss games were played at the Hallenstadion in Zürich – home to the ZSC Lions of the Swiss National League – with Dinamo Riga playing in both games (on 26 and 28 November), losing 3–1 to SKA Saint Petersburg,[6] and 5–0 to CSKA Moscow.[7]

TeamsEdit

The 25 teams are split into four divisions: the Bobrov Division and the Tarasov Division as part of the Western Conference, with the Kharlamov Division and the Chernyshev Division as part of the Eastern Conference.

Team Location Conference Division
Admiral Vladivostok   Vladivostok Eastern Chernyshev
Ak Bars Kazan   Kazan Eastern Kharlamov
Amur Khabarovsk   Khabarovsk Eastern Chernyshev
Avangard Omsk   Omsk Eastern Chernyshev
Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg   Yekaterinburg Eastern Kharlamov
Barys Astana   Astana Eastern Chernyshev
Dinamo Riga   Riga Western Bobrov
HC CSKA Moscow   Moscow Western Tarasov
HC Dinamo Minsk   Minsk Western Tarasov
HC Dynamo Moscow   Moscow Western Bobrov
HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk   Nizhnekamsk Eastern Kharlamov
HC Sibir Novosibirsk   Novosibirsk Eastern Chernyshev
HC Slovan Bratislava   Bratislava Western Tarasov
HC Sochi   Sochi Western Tarasov
HC Spartak Moscow   Moscow Western Bobrov
HC Vityaz   Podolsk Western Tarasov
Jokerit   Helsinki Western Bobrov
Kunlun Red Star   Beijing Eastern Chernyshev
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl   Yaroslavl Western Tarasov
Metallurg Magnitogorsk   Magnitogorsk Eastern Kharlamov
Salavat Yulaev Ufa   Ufa Eastern Chernyshev
Severstal Cherepovets   Cherepovets Western Bobrov
SKA Saint Petersburg   Saint Petersburg Western Bobrov
Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod   Nizhny Novgorod Eastern Kharlamov
Traktor Chelyabinsk   Chelyabinsk Eastern Kharlamov

League standingsEdit

Each team plays 62 games, playing each of the other twenty-four teams twice: once on home ice, and once away from home. As well as this, each team plays a further two games against each of their divisional rivals, and four games total against non-divisional teams.

Points are awarded for each game, where two points are awarded for all victories, regardless of whether it was in regulation time or after overtime or penalty shots. One point is awarded for losing in overtime or penalty shots, and zero points for losing in regulation time. At the end of the regular season, the team that finishes with the most points is crowned the league champion.

Western ConferenceEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 CSKA Moscow (Q, Y, Z) 61 42 10 0 9 188 75 +113 104 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs[a]
2 SKA Saint Petersburg (Q, X) 61 44 4 5 8 206 79 +127 101
3 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (Q) 62 34 6 6 16 159 118 +41 86 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
4 Jokerit (Q) 61 32 5 6 18 194 159 +35 80
5 Dynamo Moscow (Q) 61 26 6 6 23 149 138 +11 70
6 Spartak Moscow (Q) 61 21 7 8 25 156 155 +1 64
7 HC Sochi 61 18 9 10 24 143 155 −12 64
8 Vityaz Podolsk 61 23 5 7 26 133 164 −31 63
9 Dinamo Riga 61 18 8 10 25 129 152 −23 62
10 Severstal Cherepovets (E) 61 13 9 5 34 121 178 −57 49
11 Dinamo Minsk (E) 61 14 2 8 37 114 177 −63 40
12 Slovan Bratislava (E) 61 10 5 3 43 101 211 −110 33
Updated to match(es) played on 20 February 2019. Source: KHL
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) games won in regulation time; 3) games won in overtime and shootouts; 4) goal difference; 5) number of goals scored; 6) drawing of lots.
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated; (X) Won division; (Y) Won conference; (Z) Won Continental Cup.
Notes:
  1. ^ Teams leading a division hold one of the first two places of their conference.

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (Q, Y) 61 38 8 1 14 186 124 +62 93 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs[a]
2 Barys Astana (Q, X) 61 28 9 10 14 187 147 +40 84
3 Metallurg Magnitogorsk (Q) 61 34 6 2 19 178 132 +46 82 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
4 Ak Bars Kazan (Q) 61 34 4 6 17 165 135 +30 82
5 Avangard Omsk (Q) 61 28 10 5 18 170 130 +40 81
6 Salavat Yulaev Ufa (Q) 62 24 7 10 21 158 140 +18 72
7 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (Q) 61 20 7 10 24 175 189 −14 64
8 Traktor Chelyabinsk (Q) 61 18 9 4 30 101 148 −47 58
9 Sibir Novosibirsk (E) 61 19 5 6 31 145 185 −40 54
10 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk (E) 62 15 8 6 33 130 164 −34 52
11 Kunlun Red Star (E) 61 19 1 10 31 140 187 −47 50
12 Amur Khabarovsk (E) 61 17 3 9 32 126 174 −48 49
13 Admiral Vladivostok (E) 61 17 5 5 34 138 176 −38 49
Updated to match(es) played on 20 February 2019. Source: KHL
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) games won in regulation time; 3) games won in overtime and shootouts; 4) goal difference; 5) number of goals scored; 6) drawing of lots.
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated; (X) Won division; (Y) Won conference.
Notes:
  1. ^ Teams leading a division hold one of the first two places of their conference.

Gagarin Cup playoffsEdit

The 2019 Gagarin Cup playoffs will start on 25 February 2019, with the top eight teams from each of the conferences, and will finish no later than 25 April 2019.[8]

  Conference Quarter-Finals Conference Semi-Finals Conference Finals Gagarin Cup Finals
                                     
1   Avtomobilist 0      
8   Traktor 0      


2   Barys 0 Eastern Conference
7   Torpedo 0  
     
   
3 0  
6   Salavat Yulaev 0  
4 0  
5 0      


 
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
 
1   CSKA 0    
8 0      
2   SKA 0
7 0  
 
   
3   Lokomotiv 0  
6 0   Western Conference
4   Jokerit 0  
5   Dynamo 0      
  • During the first three rounds home ice is determined by seeding number, not position on the bracket. In the Finals the team with the better regular season record has home ice.


StatisticsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

The following players led the league in points, at the conclusion of matches played on 20 February 2019.[9] If two or more skaters are tied (i.e. same number of points, goals and played games), all of the tied skaters are shown.

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
  Nikita Gusev SKA Saint Petersburg 61 16 63 79 +38 10
  Nigel Dawes Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 60 28 41 69 +20 12
  Vadim Shipachyov Dynamo Moscow 60 20 47 67 +22 30
  Dmitri Kagarlitsky Dynamo Moscow 60 23 37 60 +22 40
  Brian O'Neill Jokerit 61 13 44 57 +7 30
  Sergei Mozyakin Metallurg Magnitogorsk 60 23 32 55 +13 10
  Dan Sexton Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 61 25 28 53 +22 6
  Matt Ellison Metallurg Magnitogorsk 61 19 34 53 +11 34
  Darren Dietz Barys Astana 61 15 38 53 +29 55
  Mikhail Grigorenko CSKA Moscow 54 16 35 51 +31 10

Leading goaltendersEdit

The following goaltenders led the league in goals against average, at the conclusion of matches played on 20 February 2019.[10]

Player Team GP TOI W L GA SO SV% GAA
  Igor Shestyorkin SKA Saint Petersburg 28 1680:51 24 4 31 10 95.27% 1.11
  Lars Johansson CSKA Moscow 24 1406:51 20 3 27 9 94.50% 1.15
  Ilya Sorokin CSKA Moscow 39 2267:53 27 6 45 10 93.83% 1.19
  Magnus Hellberg SKA Saint Petersburg 33 1988:13 23 7 44 8 93.98% 1.33
  Jakub Kovář Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 50 2958:08 38 9 88 8 93.90% 1.78
  Ilya Konovalov Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 45 2416:58 25 15 76 10 92.96% 1.89
  Ivan Bocharov Dynamo Moscow 37 2053:51 18 16 67 3 93.17% 1.96
  Igor Bobkov Avangard Omsk 48 2642:16 24 17 87 8 91.51% 1.98
  Juha Metsola Salavat Yulaev Ufa 48 2761:22 25 20 93 4 93.44% 2.02
  Henrik Karlsson Barys Astana 45 2549:44 25 13 86 5 92.83% 2.02

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tuniz, Davide (28 March 2018). "KHL excludes Lada Togliatti and Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk". EuroHockey.com. European Ice Hockey Online AB. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b "2018/2019 season calendar: start in September and comfortable playoffs". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. 5 July 2018. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  3. ^ "New frontiers – the KHL World Games head to Vienna and Zurich". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. 28 August 2018. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  4. ^ Potts, Andy (26 October 2018). "KHL World Games: Viennese Waltz for CSKA". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  5. ^ Potts, Andy (28 October 2018). "KHL World Games – SKA puts on a masterclass in Vienna". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  6. ^ Potts, Andy (27 November 2018). "KHL World Games – SKA edges past Riga in Zurich". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  7. ^ Potts, Andy (29 November 2018). "KHL World Games: Game 2 – CSKA defeats Riga". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  8. ^ Seren Rosso, Alessandro (25 January 2019). "2018/2019 Playoffs Logo Unveiled". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 21 February 2019. The 11th season's playoffs stage begins on February 25 with four games involving teams from both conferences. The potential 7th game of the Gagarin Cup finals is scheduled for April 25.
  9. ^ "Leaders: Points (G+A)". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Leaders: Goaltenders (GAA)". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 21 February 2019.

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