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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

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]

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 Nur-Sultan   Nur-Sultan 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 Kharlamov
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 Western Tarasov
Traktor Chelyabinsk   Chelyabinsk Eastern Kharlamov

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 Vityaz Podolsk 9 6 2 0 1 29 15 +14 16 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs[a]
2 SKA Saint Petersburg 9 5 1 0 3 21 20 +1 12
3 CSKA Moscow 8 5 1 1 1 24 11 +13 13 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
4 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 10 4 2 0 4 30 26 +4 12
5 Dynamo Moscow 9 4 1 1 3 22 23 −1 11
6 HC Sochi 9 4 0 2 3 21 24 −3 10
7 Spartak Moscow 10 3 0 3 4 26 26 0 9
8 Dinamo Minsk 8 3 1 0 4 24 21 +3 8
9 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 7 3 0 0 4 19 22 −3 6
10 Dinamo Riga 8 1 2 0 5 15 27 −12 6
11 Jokerit 7 2 0 1 4 21 25 −4 5
12 Severstal Cherepovets 9 1 1 1 6 19 30 −11 5
Updated to match(es) played on 22 September 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 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 9 4 4 0 1 31 21 +10 16 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs[a]
2 Avangard Omsk 9 5 1 1 2 26 21 +5 13
3 Ak Bars Kazan 7 6 0 0 1 25 14 +11 12 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
4 Salavat Yulaev Ufa 8 5 0 1 2 18 16 +2 11
5 Traktor Chelyabinsk 10 3 2 1 4 18 19 −1 11
6 Barys Nur-Sultan 8 5 0 0 3 15 12 +3 10
7 Sibir Novosibirsk 8 4 0 2 2 18 17 +1 10
8 Admiral Vladivostok 8 3 1 0 4 14 19 −5 8
9 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 9 3 0 1 5 19 22 −3 7
10 Kunlun Red Star 9 2 1 1 5 18 24 −6 7
11 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 9 2 0 1 6 15 23 −8 5
12 Amur Khabarovsk 9 0 0 3 6 12 22 −10 3
Updated to match(es) played on 22 September 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 22 September 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
  Brooks Macek Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 9 6 6 12 +4 4
  Kirill Kaprizov CSKA Moscow 8 5 7 12 +5 2
  Nigel Dawes Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 9 5 6 11 0 2
  Alexander Semin Vityaz Podolsk 9 5 6 11 +3 0
  Vadim Shipachyov Dynamo Moscow 9 4 7 11 +4 0
  Damir Zhafyarov Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 10 5 5 10 +1 0
  Mikhail Grigorenko CSKA Moscow 8 3 7 10 +5 2
  Jordan Schroeder Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 10 4 5 9 +1 0
  Teemu Pulkkinen Dinamo Minsk 7 6 2 8 +2 6
  Nikita Soshnikov Salavat Yulaev Ufa 8 5 3 8 +6 2

Leading goaltendersEdit

The following goaltenders led the league in goals against average, at the conclusion of matches played on 22 September 2019.[8]

Player Team GP TOI W L GA SO SV% GAA
  Alexei Melnichuk SKA Saint Petersburg 4 194:47 3 0 2 2 96.61% 0.62
  Ilya Sorokin CSKA Moscow 4 249:11 3 1 4 2 95.88% 0.96
  Alexander Samonov Spartak Moscow 4 239:28 4 0 4 1 97.16% 1.00
  Henrik Karlsson Barys Nur-Sultan 4 178:31 2 1 3 1 96.77% 1.01
  Edward Pasquale Barys Nur-Sultan 5 298:13 3 2 7 0 95.00% 1.41
  Ivan Fedotov Traktor Chelyabinsk 4 236:45 2 2 6 0 95.24% 1.52
  Lars Johansson CSKA Moscow 4 237:25 3 1 6 1 92.68% 1.52
  Juha Metsola Salavat Yulaev Ufa 8 440:01 5 2 12 2 94.76% 1.64
  Harri Säteri Sibir Novosibirsk 7 425:41 4 2 12 0 94.00% 1.69
  Andrei Tikhomirov Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 5 206:12 3 1 6 1 94.78% 1.75

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. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "Slovan has not entered into an agreement with KHL" (in Slovakian). HC Slovan Bratislava. 27 May 2019. Retrieved 27 May 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  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. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ "League confirms structure for the new season" (in Russian). Kontinental Hockey League. 7 May 2019. Retrieved 7 May 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ "Leaders: Points (G+A)". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Leaders: Goaltenders (GAA)". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 22 September 2019.

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