2019–20 KHL season

The 2019–20 KHL season is the twelfth season of the Kontinental Hockey League. There are 24 teams that are competing in 62 regular season games.[1] The season began with the Opening Cup on 1 September 2019, and the regular championship will run until 27 February 2020. The playoffs will take place from 1 March through until 30 April.[2] The All-Star Weekend will take place over 18–19 January 2020.

2019–20 KHL season
LeagueKontinental Hockey League
SportIce hockey
Duration1 September 2019 – 30 April 2020
Number of games62
Number of teams24
Regular season
Playoffs
Gagarin Cup Finals
KHL seasons
2020–21 →

Season changesEdit

For the 2019–20 season, the KHL originally announced that all 25 teams from the 2018–19 would return and continue without any changes to Divisions realignments.[2] However the competition was reduced to 24 teams after Slovak based, HC Slovan Bratislava, announced that they would be withdrawing from the KHL to return to the Slovak Extraliga due to financial restrictions on 27 May 2019.[3] With Slovan Bratislava's exit, Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod were moved from the Eastern Conference,[1] to the Western Conference, reversing the move of the previous season.[4] As a result, both Conferences consisted of 12 teams.

KHL World GamesEdit

The KHL announced the World Games project would continue for a second consecutive season with more information to be announced in July 2019.[2] With the release of the season's schedule, new destinations of Davos, Shenzhen and Almaty were scheduled to host games.[1]

Smart pucksEdit

Smart puck technology, backed up with chips in players' jerseys, is set to be used in all KHL games in the coming season. The new tech was trialled in the All-Star Game in Kazan last season and was also used in regular season games in Helsinki. Every arena in the league will install sensors capable of collecting information from the chips 100 times a second. That information will be available to various users and coaches in real time, giving-up-to-the-second details of the players’ speed, the distance covered in each shift, the speed and location of each shot and much more.[5]

The KHL will be the first league in the world to implement this technology across the board.[5]

TeamsEdit

The 24 teams were 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.[6]

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

League standingsEdit

Each team plays 62 games, playing each of the other twenty-three 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 were awarded for each game, where two points were awarded for all victories, regardless of whether it was in regulation time, in overtime or after a shootout. One point was awarded for losing in overtime or a shootout, and zero points for losing in regulation time. At the end of the regular season, the team that finished with the most points was crowned the Continental Cup winner.

Western ConferenceEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 CSKA Moscow (Q) 49 30 5 4 10 153 81 +72 74 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs[a]
2 SKA Saint Petersburg 49 21 11 5 12 129 96 +33 69
3 Dynamo Moscow 50 24 5 7 14 145 116 +29 65 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
4 Jokerit 48 22 7 7 12 145 122 +23 65
5 Spartak Moscow 49 19 8 8 14 133 112 +21 62
6 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 48 17 9 4 18 127 120 +7 56
7 Vityaz Podolsk 48 18 6 7 17 105 118 −13 55
8 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 49 18 7 4 20 139 130 +9 54
9 HC Sochi 49 13 6 8 22 98 130 −32 46
10 Severstal Cherepovets 50 10 8 10 22 104 138 −34 46
11 Dinamo Riga 48 9 5 4 30 80 150 −70 32
12 Dinamo Minsk 49 8 3 10 28 103 176 −73 32
Updated to match(es) played on 16 January 2020. Source: KHL
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) games won in regulation time; 3) games won in overtime; 4) games won in shootouts; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored; 7) drawing of lots.
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.
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 Ak Bars Kazan 47 27 5 4 11 132 89 +43 68 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs[a]
2 Avangard Omsk 49 26 5 6 12 130 92 +38 68
3 Barys Nur-Sultan 49 22 7 7 13 119 103 +16 65 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
4 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 48 18 9 7 14 125 115 +10 61
5 Sibir Novosibirsk 48 21 5 5 17 108 109 −1 57
6 Kunlun Red Star 51 17 6 7 21 115 128 −13 53[b]
7 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 49 17 6 7 19 113 109 +4 53[c]
8 Salavat Yulaev Ufa 48 18 5 6 19 117 111 +6 52
9 Admiral Vladivostok 47 15 8 3 21 103 120 −17 49
10 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 48 14 6 7 21 112 127 −15 47
11 Traktor Chelyabinsk 50 16 4 5 25 104 130 −26 45
12 Amur Khabarovsk 48 14 4 8 22 91 108 −17 44
Updated to match(es) played on 16 January 2020. Source: KHL
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) games won in regulation time; 3) games won in overtime; 4) games won in shootouts; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored; 7) drawing of lots.
Notes:
  1. ^ Teams leading a division hold one of the first two places of their conference.
  2. ^ 3 overtime wins, 3 shootout wins
  3. ^ 2 overtime wins, 4 shootout wins

StatisticsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

The following players led the league in points, at the conclusion of matches played on 16 January 2020.[7] 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
  Vadim Shipachyov Dynamo Moscow 50 15 40 55 +26 22
  Dmitrij Jaškin Dynamo Moscow 48 22 29 51 +24 59
  Kirill Kaprizov CSKA Moscow 44 23 22 45 +20 6
  Linus Omark Salavat Yulaev Ufa 46 10 33 43 +3 32
  Brian O'Neill Jokerit 42 18 20 38 +17 8
  André Petersson Dynamo Moscow 43 16 22 38 +10 16
  Nikita Soshnikov Salavat Yulaev Ufa 47 19 18 37 –3 24
  Brooks Macek Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 47 18 19 37 –2 18
  Mikko Lehtonen Jokerit 47 15 22 37 +21 18
  Linden Vey CSKA Moscow 41 12 25 37 +18 45

Leading goaltendersEdit

The following goaltenders led the league in goals against average, at the conclusion of matches played on 16 January 2020.[8]

Player Team(s) GP TOI W L GA SO SV% GAA
  Timur Bilyalov Ak Bars Kazan 23 1212:39 13 4 25 8 95.00% 1.24
  Lars Johansson CSKA Moscow 18 1072:08 13 5 24 5 93.50% 1.34
  Alexander Samonov 17 999:50 12 1 24 2 95.44% 1.44
  Ilya Sorokin CSKA Moscow 32 1886:33 20 8 50 5 93.13% 1.59
  Magnus Hellberg SKA Saint Petersburg 20 1086:55 9 6 31 1 92.44% 1.71
  Igor Bobkov Avangard Omsk 39 2297:49 23 12 66 5 93.14% 1.72
  Henrik Karlsson Barys Nur-Sultan 17 875:02 11 3 26 2 93.85% 1.78
  Vasily Koshechkin Metallurg Magnitogorsk 40 2219:25 14 16 68 6 93.74% 1.84
  Evgeny Alikin Amur Khabarovsk 27 1501:29 9 9 47 4 94.22% 1.88
  Alexei Krasikov Sibir Novosibirsk 22 1002:59 7 8 32 2 93.71% 1.91

AwardsEdit

Players of the MonthEdit

Best KHL players of each month.

Month Goaltender Defence Forward Rookie
September[9]   Alexei Melnichuk (SKA Saint Petersburg)   Mikael Wikstrand (Ak Bars Kazan)   Damir Zhafyarov (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod)   Danila Zhuravlyov (Ak Bars Kazan)
October[10]   Harri Säteri (Sibir Novosibirsk)   Albert Yarullin (Ak Bars Kazan)   Vadim Shipachyov (Dynamo Moscow)   Artyom Galimov (Ak Bars Kazan)
November[11]   Timur Bilyalov (Ak Bars Kazan)   Mikko Lehtonen (Jokerit)   Dmitrij Jaškin (Dynamo Moscow)   Kirill Marchenko (SKA Saint Petersburg)
December[12]   Jakub Kovář (Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg)   Mikko Lehtonen (Jokerit)   Roman Starchenko (Barys Nur-Sultan)   Akim Trishin (Spartak Moscow)
January
February
March
April

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Potts, Andy (11 July 2019). "Season 12 Schedule: back to Europe, more derbies and a visit to Shenzhen". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "The KHL board approves structure for 2019-20 season" (in Russian). Kontinental Hockey League. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Slovan has not entered into an agreement with KHL" (in Slovak). HC Slovan Bratislava. 27 May 2019. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  4. ^ "2018/2019 season calendar: start in September and comfortable playoffs". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. 5 July 2018. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Dmitry Chernyshenko reviews the season with KHL club directors" (in Russian). Kontinental Hockey League. 28 May 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  6. ^ "League confirms structure for the new season" (in Russian). Kontinental Hockey League. 7 May 2019. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Leaders: Points (G+A)". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Leaders: Goaltenders (GAA)". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  9. ^ "Players of the Month: Melnichuk, Wikstrand, Zhafyarov, and Zhuravlyov". en.khl.ru. 1 October 2019. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  10. ^ "Players of the Month: Sateri, Yarullin, Shipachyov, and Galimov". en.khl.ru. 1 November 2019. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Players of the Month: Bilyalov, Lehtonen, Jaskin, and Marchenko". en.khl.ru. 3 December 2019. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  12. ^ "Players of the Month: Kovar, Lehtonen, Starchenko, and Trishin". en.khl.ru. 31 December 2019. Retrieved 10 January 2020.

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