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2019–20 KHL season

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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

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 SKA Saint Petersburg 37 15 9 4 9 99 74 +25 52 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs[a]
2 CSKA Moscow 35 20 4 3 8 103 60 +43 51
3 Dynamo Moscow 37 17 4 4 12 103 87 +16 46 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
4 Jokerit 35 16 4 5 10 97 91 +6 45
5 Vityaz Podolsk 36 13 6 7 10 81 80 +1 45
6 Spartak Moscow 36 13 6 5 12 94 90 +4 43
7 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 38 13 6 4 15 106 102 +4 42
8 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 37 14 6 1 16 97 94 +3 41
9 HC Sochi 37 12 2 6 17 73 93 −20 34
10 Severstal Cherepovets 37 6 6 8 17 72 100 −28 32
11 Dinamo Riga 37 7 5 3 22 69 115 −46 27
12 Dinamo Minsk 36 6 3 9 18 83 127 −44 27
Updated to match(es) played on 9 December 2019. 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.

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Ak Bars Kazan 36 24 3 2 7 111 62 +49 56 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs[a]
2 Avangard Omsk 38 18 4 6 10 94 76 +18 50
3 Barys Nur-Sultan 35 14 6 6 9 77 69 +8 46 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
4 Salavat Yulaev Ufa 38 16 4 5 13 91 84 +7 45
5 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 35 12 7 5 11 86 86 0 43
6 Admiral Vladivostok 34 12 8 2 12 78 77 +1 42
7 Sibir Novosibirsk 35 17 1 5 12 79 78 +1 41
8 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 38 13 4 7 14 85 83 +2 41
9 Kunlun Red Star 37 12 6 5 14 82 87 −5 41
10 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 37 12 5 4 16 89 92 −3 38
11 Amur Khabarovsk 35 11 2 5 17 66 78 −12 31
12 Traktor Chelyabinsk 38 11 2 2 23 71 101 −30 28
Updated to match(es) played on 9 December 2019. 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.

StatisticsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

The following players led the league in points, at the conclusion of matches played on 9 December 2019.[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 37 9 30 39 +18 20
  Dmitrij Jaškin Dynamo Moscow 36 14 20 34 +18 22
  Linus Omark Salavat Yulaev Ufa 37 8 25 33 +2 30
  Kirill Kaprizov CSKA Moscow 31 16 14 30 +10 4
  Damir Zhafyarov Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 36 14 16 30 –3 6
  Linden Vey CSKA Moscow 34 11 18 29 +11 43
  Nikita Soshnikov Salavat Yulaev Ufa 37 18 10 28 +5 16
  Malte Strömwall HC Sochi 36 12 15 27 +10 10
  Alexander Semin Vityaz Podolsk 30 11 16 27 +6 28
  Mikhail Varnakov Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 35 10 17 27 +8 2

Leading goaltendersEdit

The following goaltenders led the league in goals against average, at the conclusion of matches played on 9 December 2019.[8]

Player Team(s) GP TOI W L GA SO SV% GAA
  Timur Bilyalov Ak Bars Kazan 16 820:14 10 1 15 6 95.66% 1.10
  Henrik Karlsson Barys Nur-Sultan 12 621:46 7 2 15 1 94.64% 1.45
  Alexei Melnichuk SKA Saint Petersburg 13 733:47 6 4 18 3 93.28% 1.47
  Alexander Samonov 16 967:59 11 1 24 2 95.34% 1.49
  Lars Johansson CSKA Moscow 13 776:19 9 4 20 3 92.54% 1.55
  Ilya Sorokin CSKA Moscow 22 1338:37 13 7 35 4 93.37% 1.57
  Alexei Krasikov Sibir Novosibirsk 15 696:36 5 5 20 1 94.17% 1.72
  Vasily Koshechkin Metallurg Magnitogorsk 32 1812:01 11 13 53 5 94.23% 1.75
  Igor Bobkov Avangard Omsk 31 1814:28 17 11 56 4 92.58% 1.85
  Ivan Bocharov Dynamo Moscow 30 1674:02 16 9 53 2 93.57% 1.90

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 9 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Leaders: Goaltenders (GAA)". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 9 December 2019.

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