2018–19 KHL season

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2018–19 KHL season
LeagueKontinental Hockey League
SportIce hockey
Duration1 September 2018 – April 2019
Number of teams25
Regular season
Gagarin Cup
KHL seasons
2019–20 →

The 2018–19 KHL season is the eleventh season of the Kontinental Hockey League. The season started on 1 September 2018 and is due to end in April 2019.

Season changes[edit]

For the 2018–19 season, 25 teams are competing in the KHL – down from 27 in 2017–18. The two teams that were excluded from the league were HC Lada Togliatti and HC Yugra,[1] with both teams moving to the Supreme Hockey League. As well as this, Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod were moved from the Western Conference,[2] to the Eastern Conference; as a result, the Western Conference consisted of 12 teams and the Eastern Conference consisted of 13 teams.

The 2018–19 season features the most games of any KHL season to date, with each team scheduled to play 62 games,[2] up from 56 in 2017–18.

KHL World Games[edit]

This season witnessed the first time that KHL games were played in Austria and Switzerland, as part of the KHL World Games.[3] Slovan Bratislava played in both Austrian games (on 26 and 28 October) at the Albert Schultz Eishalle in Vienna – home to the Vienna Capitals of the Austrian Hockey League – losing 9–0 to CSKA Moscow,[4] and 7–0 to SKA Saint Petersburg.[5] The Swiss games were played at the Hallenstadion in Zürich – home to the ZSC Lions of the Swiss National League – with Dinamo Riga playing in both games (on 26 and 28 November), losing 3–1 to SKA Saint Petersburg,[6] and 5–0 to CSKA Moscow.[7]

Teams[edit]

The 25 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.

Team Location Conference Division
Admiral Vladivostok Russia Vladivostok Eastern Chernyshev
Ak Bars Kazan Russia Kazan Eastern Kharlamov
Amur Khabarovsk Russia Khabarovsk Eastern Chernyshev
Avangard Omsk Russia Omsk Eastern Chernyshev
Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg Russia Yekaterinburg Eastern Kharlamov
Barys Astana Kazakhstan Astana Eastern Chernyshev
Dinamo Riga Latvia Riga Western Bobrov
HC CSKA Moscow Russia Moscow Western Tarasov
HC Dinamo Minsk Belarus Minsk Western Tarasov
HC Dynamo Moscow Russia Moscow Western Bobrov
HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk Russia Nizhnekamsk Eastern Kharlamov
HC Sibir Novosibirsk Russia Novosibirsk Eastern Chernyshev
HC Slovan Bratislava Slovakia Bratislava Western Tarasov
HC Sochi Russia Sochi Western Tarasov
HC Spartak Moscow Russia Moscow Western Bobrov
HC Vityaz Russia Podolsk Western Tarasov
Jokerit Finland Helsinki Western Bobrov
Kunlun Red Star China Beijing Eastern Chernyshev
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Russia Yaroslavl Western Tarasov
Metallurg Magnitogorsk Russia Magnitogorsk Eastern Kharlamov
Salavat Yulaev Ufa Russia Ufa Eastern Chernyshev
Severstal Cherepovets Russia Cherepovets Western Bobrov
SKA Saint Petersburg Russia Saint Petersburg Western Bobrov
Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod Russia Nizhny Novgorod Eastern Kharlamov
Traktor Chelyabinsk Russia Chelyabinsk Eastern Kharlamov

League standings[edit]

Each team plays 62 games, playing each of the other twenty-four 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 are awarded for each game, where two points are awarded for all victories, regardless of whether it was in regulation time or after overtime or penalty shots. One point is awarded for losing in overtime or penalty shots, and zero points for losing in regulation time. At the end of the regular season, the team that finishes with the most points is crowned the league champion.

Western Conference[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 CSKA Moscow 37 27 6 0 4 117 40 +77 66 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs[a]
2 SKA Saint Petersburg 36 26 2 3 5 125 47 +78 59
3 Jokerit 36 22 2 4 8 121 84 +37 52 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
4 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 38 18 5 3 12 101 77 +24 49
5 Spartak Moscow 38 15 3 6 14 97 95 +2 42
6 Dynamo Moscow 39 13 5 3 18 92 94 −2 39
7 HC Sochi 38 10 7 5 16 85 100 −15 39
8 Vityaz Podolsk 38 14 3 3 18 86 104 −18 37
9 Dinamo Riga 37 12 3 4 18 76 97 −21 34
10 Severstal Cherepovets 39 6 4 4 25 60 116 −56 24
11 Slovan Bratislava 39 7 3 3 26 67 135 −68 23
12 Dinamo Minsk 37 7 2 4 24 70 116 −46 22
Updated to match(es) played on 12 December 2018. Source: KHL
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) games won in regulation time; 3) games won in overtime and shootouts; 4) goal difference; 5) number of goals scored; 6) drawing of lots.
Notes:
  1. ^ Teams leading a division hold one of the first two places of their conference.

Eastern Conference[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 38 26 5 1 6 128 71 +57 63 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs[a]
2 Avangard Omsk 39 19 6 3 11 110 80 +30 53
3 Ak Bars Kazan 39 25 3 3 8 107 82 +25 59 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
4 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 40 20 5 2 13 112 87 +25 52
5 Barys Astana 37 17 6 6 8 120 100 +20 52
6 Salavat Yulaev Ufa 38 18 3 4 13 97 76 +21 46
7 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 38 16 4 6 12 117 111 +6 46
8 Kunlun Red Star 36 13 1 7 15 81 101 −20 35
9 Traktor Chelyabinsk 36 9 7 3 17 67 99 −32 35
10 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 38 11 4 4 19 90 104 −14 34
11 Sibir Novosibirsk 37 9 3 4 21 77 107 −30 28
12 Amur Khabarovsk 36 9 1 7 19 73 109 −36 27
13 Admiral Vladivostok 36 5 3 4 24 71 115 −44 20
Updated to match(es) played on 12 December 2018. Source: KHL
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) games won in regulation time; 3) games won in overtime and shootouts; 4) goal difference; 5) number of goals scored; 6) drawing of lots.
Notes:
  1. ^ Teams leading a division hold one of the first two places of its conference.

Gagarin Cup playoffs[edit]

The top eight teams from each conference qualify for the Gagarin Cup playoffs.

Statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

The following players led the league in points, at the conclusion of matches played on 12 December 2018.[8] 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
Kazakhstan Nigel Dawes Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 38 19 30 49 +21 8
Russia Nikita Gusev SKA Saint Petersburg 36 9 36 45 +18 8
Russia Vadim Shipachyov Dynamo Moscow 39 11 28 39 +11 18
Russia Dmitri Kagarlitsky Dynamo Moscow 39 14 24 38 +10 12
Russia Sergei Mozyakin Metallurg Magnitogorsk 39 14 22 36 +8 6
Canada Darren Dietz Barys Astana 37 11 25 36 +22 37
France Stéphane Da Costa Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 37 17 18 35 +16 16
Finland Juuso Puustinen Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 38 19 15 34 –11 18
United States Dan Sexton Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 38 15 19 34 +14 4
Canada Matt Ellison Metallurg Magnitogorsk 40 12 21 33 +6 16

Leading goaltenders[edit]

The following goaltenders led the league in goals against average, at the conclusion of matches played on 12 December 2018.[9]

Player Team GP TOI W L GA SO SV% GAA
Sweden Lars Johansson CSKA Moscow 14 806:56 12 1 11 7 96.33% 0.82
Sweden Magnus Hellberg SKA Saint Petersburg 19 1146:23 14 3 22 6 94.47% 1.15
Russia Ilya Sorokin CSKA Moscow 24 1425:52 17 3 28 6 94.33% 1.18
Russia Igor Shestyorkin SKA Saint Petersburg 17 1019:12 14 3 22 5 94.66% 1.30
Czech Republic Jakub Kovář Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 27 1633:41 25 2 42 5 94.80% 1.54
Russia Vladislav Podyapolsky Ak Bars Kazan 17 873:17 11 1 25 3 94.06% 1.72
Czech Republic Alexander Salák Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 17 1000:43 9 6 30 4 92.46% 1.80
Finland Juha Metsola Salavat Yulaev Ufa 32 1794:27 19 12 55 3 94.28% 1.84
Russia Igor Bobkov Avangard Omsk 35 1997:48 19 12 63 6 91.72% 1.89
Russia Vasily Koshechkin Metallurg Magnitogorsk 31 1644:55 17 8 53 4 93.49% 1.93

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tuniz, Davide (28 March 2018). "KHL excludes Lada Togliatti and Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk". EuroHockey.com. European Ice Hockey Online AB. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b "2018/2019 season calendar: start in September and comfortable playoffs". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. 5 July 2018. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  3. ^ "New frontiers – the KHL World Games head to Vienna and Zurich". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. 28 August 2018. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  4. ^ Potts, Andy (26 October 2018). "KHL World Games: Viennese Waltz for CSKA". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  5. ^ Potts, Andy (28 October 2018). "KHL World Games – SKA puts on a masterclass in Vienna". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  6. ^ Potts, Andy (27 November 2018). "KHL World Games – SKA edges past Riga in Zurich". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  7. ^ Potts, Andy (29 November 2018). "KHL World Games: Game 2 – CSKA defeats Riga". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Leaders: Points (G+A)". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Leaders: Goaltenders (GAA)". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 12 December 2018.

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