2019–20 KHL season

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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 →

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.

Season changes[edit]

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 Games[edit]

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 pucks[edit]

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]

Teams[edit]

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]

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

League standings[edit]

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 Conference[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 CSKA Moscow (Q) 51 32 5 4 10 159 83 +76 78 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs[a]
2 SKA Saint Petersburg (Q) 51 22 11 5 13 138 103 +35 71
3 Dynamo Moscow 52 25 5 7 15 148 119 +29 67 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
4 Jokerit 50 22 8 7 13 150 130 +20 67
5 Spartak Moscow 51 20 8 8 15 139 116 +23 64
6 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 51 19 7 4 21 143 134 +9 56
7 Vityaz Podolsk 50 18 6 8 18 107 123 −16 56
8 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 50 17 9 4 20 128 126 +2 56
9 HC Sochi 51 13 7 8 23 102 136 −34 48
10 Severstal Cherepovets 51 10 8 10 23 104 141 −37 46
11 Dinamo Minsk 50 9 3 10 28 107 179 −72 34
12 Dinamo Riga 49 9 5 5 30 81 152 −71 33
Updated to match(es) played on 24 January 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.
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.
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 Ak Bars Kazan 49 28 6 4 11 137 91 +46 72 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs[a]
2 Avangard Omsk 51 27 6 6 12 137 95 +42 72
3 Barys Nur-Sultan 51 23 7 7 14 128 111 +17 67 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
4 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 50 19 10 7 14 131 117 +14 65
5 Sibir Novosibirsk 50 22 5 5 18 116 117 −1 59
6 Kunlun Red Star 53 19 6 7 21 123 132 −9 57
7 Salavat Yulaev Ufa 50 19 5 7 19 121 114 +7 55
8 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 50 18 6 7 19 116 110 +6 55
9 Admiral Vladivostok 49 15 8 4 22 106 126 −20 50[b]
10 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 50 15 6 8 21 119 132 −13 50[c]
11 Traktor Chelyabinsk 52 16 4 5 27 107 139 −32 45
12 Amur Khabarovsk 50 14 4 8 24 95 116 −21 44
Updated to match(es) played on 24 January 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.
  2. ^ 4 overtime wins, 4 shootout wins
  3. ^ 2 overtime wins, 4 shootout wins

Statistics[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

The following players led the league in points, at the conclusion of matches played on 24 January 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
Russia Vadim Shipachyov Dynamo Moscow 52 16 41 57 +27 22
Czech Republic Dmitrij Jaškin Dynamo Moscow 49 22 29 51 +24 59
Russia Kirill Kaprizov CSKA Moscow 46 23 24 47 +19 8
Sweden Linus Omark Salavat Yulaev Ufa 48 10 35 45 +3 34
United States Brian O'Neill Jokerit 44 18 22 40 +17 10
Germany Brooks Macek Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 49 20 19 39 –2 18
Russia Nikita Soshnikov Salavat Yulaev Ufa 49 20 18 38 –1 24
Sweden André Petersson Dynamo Moscow 43 16 22 38 +10 16
Finland Mikko Lehtonen Jokerit 49 15 23 38 +18 18
Russia Kirill Semyonov Avangard Omsk 51 14 24 38 +21 30

Leading goaltenders[edit]

The following goaltenders led the league in goals against average, at the conclusion of matches played on 24 January 2020.[8]

Player Team(s) GP TOI W L GA SO SV% GAA
Russia Timur Bilyalov Ak Bars Kazan 24 1277:39 13 4 27 8 94.90% 1.27
Sweden Lars Johansson CSKA Moscow 19 1132:08 14 5 26 5 93.40% 1.38
Russia Alexander Samonov 18 1001:25 12 1 24 2 95.44% 1.44
Russia Ilya Sorokin CSKA Moscow 33 1946:33 21 8 50 6 93.41% 1.54
Russia Igor Bobkov Avangard Omsk 40 2362:49 23 12 67 5 93.22% 1.70
Russia Vasily Koshechkin Metallurg Magnitogorsk 41 2278:59 15 16 69 6 93.81% 1.82
Sweden Magnus Hellberg SKA Saint Petersburg 22 1203:47 10 7 38 1 91.85% 1.89
Russia Ivan Bocharov Dynamo Moscow 42 2325:29 23 12 74 5 93.67% 1.91
Russia Evgeny Alikin Amur Khabarovsk 29 1619:39 9 11 54 4 93.76% 2.00
Latvia Jānis Kalniņš Jokerit 40 2246:51 27 7 75 3 92.63% 2.00

Awards[edit]

Players of the Month[edit]

Best KHL players of each month.

Month Goaltender Defence Forward Rookie
September[9] Russia Alexei Melnichuk (SKA Saint Petersburg) Sweden Mikael Wikstrand (Ak Bars Kazan) Russia Damir Zhafyarov (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod) Russia Danila Zhuravlyov (Ak Bars Kazan)
October[10] Finland Harri Säteri (Sibir Novosibirsk) Russia Albert Yarullin (Ak Bars Kazan) Russia Vadim Shipachyov (Dynamo Moscow) Russia Artyom Galimov (Ak Bars Kazan)
November[11] Russia Timur Bilyalov (Ak Bars Kazan) Finland Mikko Lehtonen (Jokerit) Czech Republic Dmitrij Jaškin (Dynamo Moscow) Russia Kirill Marchenko (SKA Saint Petersburg)
December[12] Czech Republic Jakub Kovář (Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg) Finland Mikko Lehtonen (Jokerit) Kazakhstan Roman Starchenko (Barys Nur-Sultan) Russia Akim Trishin (Spartak Moscow)
January
February
March
April

References[edit]

  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 24 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Leaders: Goaltenders (GAA)". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  9. ^ "Players of the Month: Melnichuk, Wikstrand, Zhafyarov, and Zhuravlyov". en.khl.ru. 1 October 2019. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  10. ^ "Players of the Month: Sateri, Yarullin, Shipachyov, and Galimov". en.khl.ru. 1 November 2019. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Players of the Month: Bilyalov, Lehtonen, Jaskin, and Marchenko". en.khl.ru. 3 December 2019. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  12. ^ "Players of the Month: Kovar, Lehtonen, Starchenko, and Trishin". en.khl.ru. 31 December 2019. Retrieved 10 January 2020.

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