2020–21 KHL season

The 2020–21 KHL season is the thirteenth season of the Kontinental Hockey League. There are 23 teams that will compete in 60 regular season games with a preliminary start date earmarked for 2 September 2020.[1]

2020–21 KHL season
LeagueKontinental Hockey League
SportIce hockey
Duration
  • 2 September 2020 – 27 February 2021 (regular season)
  • 2 March – 30 April 2021 (playoffs)
Number of games60
Number of teams23
Regular season
KHL seasons
2021–22 →

With the previous 2019–20 season, ended prematurely due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe,[2] the return to play remains conditional on the easing of current restrictions in Russia and the other countries represented in the KHL.[3]

Season changesEdit

For the 2020–21 season, the competition was reduced to 23 teams after Admiral Vladivostok announced their withdrawal, aiming for a season hiatus due to coronavirus affecting their financial status.[4]

With pre-season events returning to the schedule in August as a part of preparations to start the season, Jokerit, whose ability to stage games will be governed by Finland's restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic, announced that it expected to play before a reduced audience at the Hartwall Arena during the first month of the campaign.[5]

Due to the on-going travel restrictions against COVID-19 pandemic, Kunlun Red Star determined that they would be unable to play in Cadillac Arena situated in Beijing, China for this season. In August, the club signed a contract to play out of Arena Mytishchi, the second venue for the 2007 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships located on the outskirts of Moscow.[6] It is widely believed that the promotion of ice hockey to potential followers in China before 2022 Winter Olympics would be hampered as a result.

TeamsEdit

The 23 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.

Following Admiral Vladivostok's hiatus from the league, and to alleviate any potential issues with teams transiting during the COVID-19 pandemic, several conference and divisional changes were announced.[1]

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

League standingsEdit

Each team is scheduled to play 60 games: playing every other team home-and-away (44 games), 8–10 games against division rivals and 6–8 games against teams in the other division in their respective conference.[1]

Points are awarded for each game, where two points were awarded for all victories, regardless of whether it is in regulation time, in overtime or after game-winning shots. One point will be awarded for losing in overtime or game-winning shots, and zero points for losing in regulation time. At the end of the regular season, the team that finished with the most points is crowned the Continental Cup winner.

Western ConferenceEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 CSKA Moscow 20 13 2 2 3 61 39 +22 32 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs[a]
2 SKA Saint Petersburg 20 11 0 3 6 59 52 +7 25
3 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 17 8 4 1 4 46 29 +17 25 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
4 Jokerit 15 9 1 1 4 54 33 +21 21
5 Dinamo Minsk 18 6 4 1 7 49 51 −2 21
6 Dynamo Moscow 17 8 1 2 6 49 42 +7 20
7 Severstal Cherepovets 17 6 3 1 7 36 47 −11 19
8 Spartak Moscow 18 6 1 4 7 43 53 −10 18
9 Vityaz Podolsk 18 5 3 1 9 54 56 −2 17
10 HC Sochi 18 4 1 2 11 34 58 −24 12
11 Dinamo Riga 13 1 1 3 8 24 39 −15 7
Updated to match(es) played on 23 October 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.

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Ak Bars Kazan 21 8 5 4 4 58 49 +9 30 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs[a]
2 Avangard Omsk 18 10 1 4 3 52 34 +18 26
3 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 19 11 2 3 3 68 46 +22 29 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
4 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 19 10 3 0 6 59 44 +15 26
5 Salavat Yulaev Ufa 21 9 3 1 8 64 61 +3 25
6 Traktor Chelyabinsk 19 10 1 2 6 51 37 +14 24
7 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 18 4 3 3 8 47 54 −7 17
8 Amur Khabarovsk 21 5 2 2 12 46 69 −23 16
9 Barys Nur-Sultan 14 2 4 4 4 35 39 −4 16
10 Sibir Novosibirsk 20 5 1 3 11 54 65 −11 15
11 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 16 4 2 0 10 36 60 −24 12
12 Kunlun Red Star 17 4 0 1 12 39 61 −22 9
Updated to match(es) played on 23 October 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.

StatisticsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

The following players led the league in points, at the conclusion of matches played on 23 October 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
  Alexei Makeyev Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 19 11 10 21 +12 25
  Pavel Datsyuk Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 18 5 15 20 +12 2
  Justin Danforth Vityaz Podolsk 18 9 10 19 +4 10
  Vadim Shipachyov Dynamo Moscow 15 8 11 19 +8 6
  Teemu Hartikainen Salavat Yulaev Ufa 14 10 8 18 +2 2
  Markus Granlund Salavat Yulaev Ufa 12 7 10 17 +7 12
  Dmitri Kugryshev Salavat Yulaev Ufa 20 5 12 17 +5 31
  Sergey Tolchinsky Avangard Omsk 15 3 14 17 +2 4
  Brian O'Neill Jokerit 14 2 15 17 +18 0
  Mikko Lehtonen Jokerit 14 8 8 16 +6 4

Leading goaltendersEdit

The following goaltenders led the league in goals against average, at the conclusion of matches played on 23 October 2020.[8]

Player Team GP TOI W L GA SO SV% GAA
  Igor Bobkov Avangard Omsk 8 380:58 3 1 5 1 96.99% 0.79
  Edward Pasquale Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 7 433:12 5 0 7 3 95.98% 0.97
  Juho Olkinuora Metallurg Magnitogorsk 10 553:06 6 2 16 2 94.35% 1.74
  Alexander Sharychenkov CSKA Moscow 16 932:28 11 2 28 2 92.51% 1.80
  Roman Will Traktor Chelyabinsk 13 783:03 7 5 24 2 93.02% 1.84
  Emil Garipov Avangard Omsk 12 714:42 8 3 23 3 93.47% 1.93
  Jakub Kovář Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 17 1033:56 11 3 36 2 92.90% 2.09
  Július Hudáček Spartak Moscow 9 487:52 3 3 17 2 92.44% 2.09
  Jānis Kalniņš Jokerit 8 419:23 6 1 15 0 91.48% 2.15
  Vasily Koshechkin Metallurg Magnitogorsk 9 471:27 3 3 17 1 91.90% 2.16

AwardsEdit

Players of the MonthEdit

Best KHL players of each month.

Month Goaltender Defence Forward Rookie
September[9]   Emil Garipov (Avangard Omsk)   Chay Genoway (Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg)   Alexei Makeyev (Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg)   Yegor Chinakhov (Avangard Omsk)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Potts, Andy (7 August 2020). "The KHL schedule for 2020-2021 – we start on Sep. 2!". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  2. ^ "KHL has cancelled the remainder of the 2019-20 season". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. 25 March 2020. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  3. ^ "September 2 start date planned". Kontinental Hockey League. 1 June 2020. Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  4. ^ Ellis, Steven (1 April 2020). "Admiral Vladivostok announces withdrawal from KHL's 2020-21 season due to coronavirus". TheHockeyNews. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Pre-season plans". Kontinental Hockey League. 29 June 2020. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  6. ^ Potts, Andy (22 July 2020). "Kovalev to coach Kunlun Red Star". IIHF. Retrieved 13 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Leaders: Points (G+A)". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Leaders: Goaltenders (GAA)". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  9. ^ Seren Rosso, Alessandro (1 October 2020). "Players of the Month: Garipov, Genoway, Makeyev, and Chinakhov". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 1 October 2020.

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