2015–16 KHL season

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2015–16 KHL season
League Kontinental Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Duration August 24, 2015 – April 19, 2016
Number of games 60
Number of teams 28
Regular season
Continental Cup winner Russia CSKA Moscow
Top scorer Russia Sergei Mozyakin
Playoffs
Western champions Russia CSKA Moscow
  Western runners-up Russia SKA Saint Petersburg
Eastern champions Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk
  Eastern runners-up Russia Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Gagarin Cup
Champions Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk
  Runners-up Russia CSKA Moscow
KHL seasons

The 2015–16 KHL season was the eighth season of the Kontinental Hockey League. The season started on 24 August 2015 with the Opening Cup between defending champions SKA Saint Petersburg and last year's Continental Cup winners CSKA Moscow, replacing Ak Bars Kazan, the previous season's Gagarin Cup finalists.[1][2]

Team changes[edit]

Spartak Moscow returned to the league prior to this season.[3][4] It was also announced by KHL President Dmitry Chernyshenko that Atlant Moscow Oblast would not participate in the league this season due to financial problems.[5]

Divisions and regular season format[edit]

In this season, each team played every other team once at home and once on the road, giving a total of 54 games (27 at home, 27 on the road), plus 6 additional games (3 at home, 3 on the road) played by each team against rival clubs from its own conference. Thus, each team played a total of 60 games in the regular season.[6]

How the teams are divided into divisions and conferences is shown in the table below.[2][7]

Western Conference Eastern Conference
Bobrov Division Tarasov Division Kharlamov Division Chernyshev Division
Belarus Dinamo Minsk Russia CSKA Moscow Russia Ak Bars Kazan Russia Admiral Vladivostok
Latvia Dinamo Riga Russia Dynamo Moscow Russia Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg Russia Amur Khabarovsk
Finland Jokerit Russia HC Sochi Russia Lada Togliatti Russia Avangard Omsk
Croatia Medveščak Zagreb Russia Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk Kazakhstan Barys Astana
Russia SKA Saint Petersburg Russia Severstal Cherepovets Russia Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk Russia Metallurg Novokuznetsk
Slovakia Slovan Bratislava Russia Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod Russia Traktor Chelyabinsk Russia Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Russia Spartak Moscow Russia Vityaz Podolsk Russia Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk Russia Sibir Novosibirsk

League standings[edit]

Western Conference[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 CSKA Moscow 60 38 5 3 14 163 87 +76 127 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs[a]
2 Jokerit 60 31 5 5 19 167 140 +27 108
3 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 60 37 6 2 15 155 94 +61 125 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
4 HC Sochi 60 30 4 10 16 175 149 +26 108
5 Dynamo Moscow 60 27 8 8 17 167 126 +41 105
6 SKA Saint Petersburg 60 27 6 7 20 176 149 +27 100
7 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 60 23 10 11 16 163 137 +26 100
8 Slovan Bratislava 60 21 11 4 24 154 148 +6 89
9 Dinamo Minsk 60 20 7 9 24 147 168 −21 83
10 Medveščak Zagreb 60 19 6 9 26 144 172 −28 78
11 Spartak Moscow 60 20 5 7 28 139 172 −33 77
12 Dinamo Riga 60 17 8 8 27 129 151 −22 75
13 Vityaz Podolsk 60 17 8 3 32 129 166 −37 70
14 Severstal Cherepovets 60 12 8 6 34 124 167 −43 58
Updated to match(es) played on 18 February 2016. Source: KHL
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) a higher number of wins in the regular time; 3) a higher number of wins in overtime and shootouts; 4) goal difference; 5) number of goals scored; 6) drawing of lots.
Notes:
  1. ^ Two winners of divisions hold the first two places in the conference

Eastern Conference[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Avangard Omsk 60 27 6 13 14 156 120 +36 106 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs[a]
2 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 60 25 13 2 20 180 138 +42 103
3 Sibir Novosibirsk 60 24 12 9 15 155 133 +22 105 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
4 Salavat Yulaev Ufa 60 29 5 4 22 179 156 +23 101
5 Ak Bars Kazan 60 25 6 9 20 143 127 +16 96
6 Admiral Vladivostok 60 25 8 4 23 157 163 −6 95
7 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 60 21 9 11 19 145 158 −13 92
8 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 60 20 7 12 21 130 135 −5 86
9 Barys Astana 60 21 8 6 25 167 184 −17 85
10 Traktor Chelyabinsk 60 17 12 8 23 132 151 −19 83
11 Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk 60 19 6 3 32 120 178 −58 72
12 Amur Khabarovsk 60 17 6 6 31 112 143 −31 69
13 Lada Togliatti 60 17 5 8 30 120 153 −33 69
14 Metallurg Novokuznetsk 60 13 1 14 32 128 191 −63 55
Updated to match(es) played on 18 February 2016. Source: KHL
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) a higher number of wins in the regular time; 3) a higher number of wins in overtime and shootouts; 4) goal difference; 5) number of goals scored; 6) drawing of lots.
Notes:
  1. ^ Two winners of divisions hold the first two places in the conference

Gagarin Cup Playoffs[edit]

Gagarin Cup

The playoffs started on February 21, 2016, with the top eight teams from each of the conferences and ended with the last game of the Gagarin Cup final on April 19, 2016.[8]

  Conference Quarter-Finals Conference Semi-Finals Conference Finals Gagarin Cup Finals
                                     
1 Russia Avangard 4     1 Russia Avangard 3  
8 Russia Neftekhimik 0     4 Russia Salavat Yulaev 4  


2 Russia Metallurg Mg 4 Eastern Conference
7 Russia Avtomobilist 2  
    4 Russia Salavat Yulaev 1  
  2 Russia Metallurg Mg 4  
3 Russia Sibir 4  
6 Russia Admiral 1  
4 Russia Salavat Yulaev 4   2 Russia Metallurg Mg 4
5 Russia Ak Bars 3     3 Russia Sibir 1  


  2 Russia Metallurg Mg 4
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  1 Russia CSKA 3
1 Russia CSKA 4     1 Russia CSKA 4
8 Slovakia Slovan 0     7 Russia Torpedo 1  
2 Finland Jokerit 2
7 Russia Torpedo 4  
  1 Russia CSKA 4
  6 Russia SKA 0  
3 Russia Lokomotiv 1  
6 Russia SKA 4   Western Conference
4 Russia HC Sochi 0   5 Russia Dynamo Msk 2
5 Russia Dynamo Msk 4     6 Russia SKA 4  
  • During the first three rounds home ice is determined by seeding number, not position on the bracket. In the Finals the team with the better regular season record has home ice.

Final standings[edit]

Rank Team
1 Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk
2 Russia CSKA Moscow
3 Russia Salavat Yulaev Ufa
4 Russia SKA Saint Petersburg
5 Russia Avangard Omsk
6 Russia Dynamo Moscow
7 Russia Sibir Novosibirsk
8 Russia Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
9 Russia Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
10 Finland Jokerit
11 Russia HC Sochi
12 Russia Ak Bars Kazan
13 Russia Admiral Vladivostok
14 Russia Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg
15 Slovakia Slovan Bratislava
16 Russia Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
17 Kazakhstan Barys Astana
18 Belarus Dinamo Minsk
19 Russia Traktor Chelyabinsk
20 Croatia Medveščak Zagreb
21 Russia Spartak Moscow
22 Latvia Dinamo Riga
23 Russia Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk
24 Russia Vityaz Podolsk
25 Russia Amur Khabarovsk
26 Russia Lada Togliatti
27 Russia Severstal Cherepovets
28 Russia Metallurg Novokuznetsk

Player statistics[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

As of 18 February 2016

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Russia Sergei Mozyakin Metallurg Magnitogorsk 57 32 35 67 +11 0
Russia Alexander Radulov CSKA Moscow 53 23 42 65 +28 73
United States Brandon Bochenski Barys Astana 60 20 41 61 +16 48
Russia Vadim Shipachyov SKA Saint Petersburg 54 17 43 60 −8 63
Sweden Linus Omark Salavat Yulaev Ufa 60 18 39 57 +12 40
Canada Matt Ellison Dinamo Minsk 54 26 29 55 −10 54
Russia Danis Zaripov Metallurg Magnitogorsk 60 22 32 54 +9 26
Canada Nigel Dawes Barys Astana 55 31 22 53 +15 16
Canada Justin Azevedo Ak Bars Kazan 59 17 36 53 +6 26
Czech Republic Jan Kovář Metallurg Magnitogorsk 58 20 32 52 +7 61

Source: KHL

Leading goaltenders[edit]

As of 18 February 2016

Player Team GP Min W L SOP GA SO SV% GAA
Russia Ilya Sorokin CSKA Moscow 28 1638:53 17 7 4 29 10 .953 1.06
Russia Alexei Murygin Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 34 1962:29 22 8 3 37 13 .954 1.13
Russia Stanislav Galimov CSKA/Ak Bars 28 1669:11 18 6 4 42 7 .938 1.51
Sweden Viktor Fasth CSKA Moscow 20 1122:04 13 4 1 31 3 .921 1.66
Russia Alexander Yeryomenko Dynamo Moscow 23 1392:08 11 4 7 41 2 .936 1.77

Source: KHL

Awards[edit]

Players of the Month[edit]

Best KHL players of each month.

Month Goaltender Defense Forward Rookie
September[9] Russia Alexei Murygin (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl) Canada Mat Robinson (Dynamo Moscow) Russia Sergei Mozyakin (Metallurg Magnitogorsk) Russia Roman Manukhov (Metallurg Novokuznetsk)
October[10] Czech Republic Alexander Salák (Sibir Novosibirsk) Russia Mikhail Pashnin (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl) Canada Nigel Dawes (Barys Astana) Russia Artyom Zub (Amur Khabarovsk)
November[11] Canada Danny Taylor (Medveščak Zagreb) Sweden Staffan Kronwall (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl) Russia Anatoly Golyshev (Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg) Russia Alexander Polunin (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl)
December[12] Czech Republic Dominik Furch (Avangard Omsk) Canada Kazakhstan Kevin Dallman (Barys Astana) Russia Danis Zaripov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk) Russia Vladislav Gavrikov (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl)
January[13] Russia Ilya Sorokin (CSKA Moscow) Canada Mat Robinson (Dynamo Moscow) Russia Vadim Shipachyov (SKA St. Petersburg) Russia Igor Ustinsky (Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg)
February[14] Russia Alexander Yeryomenko (Dynamo Moscow) Russia Anton Belov (SKA St. Petersburg) Denmark Peter Regin (Jokerit) Russia Artur Lauta (Avangard Omsk)
March[15] Russia Ilya Sorokin (CSKA Moscow) Russia Denis Denisov (CSKA Moscow) Russia Sergei Mozyakin (Metallurg Magnitogorsk) Kazakhstan Russia Yuri Sergiyenko (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod)
April

Milestones[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "VIII KHL Season – Only 152 Days to Go". 25 March 2015. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "KHL 2015–16 Schedule Announced". 2015-06-30. Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  3. ^ "Ромбик снова в моде: "Спартак" возвращается!". 3 June 2015. Retrieved 3 June 2015.  (in Russian)
  4. ^ "Moskovan Spartak palaa KHL:ään". 16 February 2015. Retrieved 14 April 2015. , www.Iltalehti.fi, (in Finnish)
  5. ^ "ХК "Атлант" пропустит следующий сезон КХЛ". 20 May 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2015. , www.championat.com, (in Russian)
  6. ^ "League confirms format for 2015–16 season". 17 June 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "League confirms format for 2015–16 season". 2015-06-17. Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  8. ^ "League confirms format for Stage Two" (PDF). 8 October 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "September's finest: Murygin, Robinson, Mozyakin and Manukhov". khl.ru. 2015-10-01. 
  10. ^ "October's finest: Salak, Pashnin, Dawes and Zub". khl.ru. 2015-11-02. 
  11. ^ "November's finest: Taylor, Kronwall, Golyshev and Polunin". khl.ru. 2015-12-01. 
  12. ^ "December's finest: Furch, Dallman, Zaripov and Gavrikov". khl.ru. 2016-01-03. 
  13. ^ "January's finest: Sorokin, Robinson, Shipachyov and Ustinsky". khl.ru. 2016-02-03. 
  14. ^ "February's finest: Yeryomenko, Belov, Regin and Lauta". khl.ru. 2016-03-02. 
  15. ^ "March's finest: Sorokin, Denisov, Mozyakin and Sergiyenko". khl.ru. 2016-04-03. 

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