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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
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 38 27 6 0 5 117 42 +75 66 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs[a]
2 SKA Saint Petersburg 37 27 2 3 5 129 48 +81 61
3 Jokerit 38 22 2 5 9 123 92 +31 53 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
4 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 39 18 5 3 13 103 81 +22 49
5 Spartak Moscow 39 16 3 6 14 102 95 +7 44
6 Dynamo Moscow 40 14 5 3 18 94 95 −1 41
7 HC Sochi 39 11 7 5 16 90 102 −12 41
8 Vityaz Podolsk 39 15 3 3 18 88 104 −16 39
9 Dinamo Riga 38 12 3 4 19 77 99 −22 34
10 Dinamo Minsk 38 8 2 4 24 72 117 −45 24
11 Severstal Cherepovets 40 6 4 4 26 60 119 −59 24
12 Slovan Bratislava 40 7 3 3 27 68 139 −71 23
Updated to match(es) played on 18 December 2018. 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.
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 39 26 5 1 7 129 74 +55 63 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs[a]
2 Avangard Omsk 40 19 7 3 11 113 82 +31 55
3 Ak Bars Kazan 40 26 3 3 8 110 83 +27 61 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
4 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 41 21 5 2 13 115 89 +26 54
5 Barys Astana 38 18 6 6 8 123 100 +23 54
6 Salavat Yulaev Ufa 39 18 3 4 14 99 81 +18 46
7 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 39 16 4 6 13 119 114 +5 46
8 Kunlun Red Star 38 14 1 7 16 86 105 −19 37
9 Traktor Chelyabinsk 37 10 7 3 17 68 99 −31 37
10 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 39 11 4 4 20 90 105 −15 34
11 Sibir Novosibirsk 38 10 3 4 21 81 109 −28 30
12 Amur Khabarovsk 38 10 1 7 20 77 114 −37 29
13 Admiral Vladivostok 37 5 3 4 25 72 117 −45 20
Updated to match(es) played on 18 December 2018. 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.
Notes:
  1. ^ Teams leading a division hold one of the first two places of its conference.

Gagarin Cup playoffsEdit

The top eight teams from each conference qualify for the Gagarin Cup playoffs.

StatisticsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

The following players led the league in points, at the conclusion of matches played on 18 December 2018.[8] 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
  Nigel Dawes Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 39 20 30 50 +21 8
  Nikita Gusev SKA Saint Petersburg 37 10 37 47 +19 10
  Vadim Shipachyov Dynamo Moscow 40 12 29 41 +13 18
  Dmitri Kagarlitsky Dynamo Moscow 40 14 25 39 +12 12
  Sergei Mozyakin Metallurg Magnitogorsk 40 14 22 36 +8 6
  Darren Dietz Barys Astana 38 11 25 36 +22 37
  Stéphane Da Costa Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 38 17 18 35 +16 18
  Juuso Puustinen Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 39 19 15 34 –12 18
  Dan Sexton Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 39 15 19 34 +13 4
  Matt Ellison Metallurg Magnitogorsk 41 13 21 34 +6 16

Leading goaltendersEdit

The following goaltenders led the league in goals against average, at the conclusion of matches played on 18 December 2018.[9]

Player Team GP TOI W L GA SO SV% GAA
  Lars Johansson CSKA Moscow 15 866:04 12 2 13 7 95.96% 0.90
  Magnus Hellberg SKA Saint Petersburg 20 1206:20 15 3 23 6 94.56% 1.14
  Ilya Sorokin CSKA Moscow 24 1425:52 17 3 28 6 94.33% 1.18
  Igor Shestyorkin SKA Saint Petersburg 17 1019:12 14 3 22 5 94.66% 1.30
  Jakub Kovář Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 28 1692:38 25 3 45 5 94.61% 1.60
  Vladislav Podyapolsky Ak Bars Kazan 17 873:17 11 1 25 3 94.06% 1.72
  Igor Bobkov Avangard Omsk 36 2060:12 20 12 65 6 91.79% 1.89
  Juha Metsola Salavat Yulaev Ufa 33 1853:09 19 13 59 3 94.02% 1.91
  Alexander Salák Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 18 1005:46 9 6 32 4 92.00% 1.91
  Ivan Bocharov Dynamo Moscow 25 1367:17 10 12 44 1 93.14% 1.93

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. ^ "Leaders: Points (G+A)". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Leaders: Goaltenders (GAA)". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 18 December 2018.

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