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]

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

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 Vityaz Podolsk 7 4 2 0 1 22 11 +11 12 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs[a]
2 SKA Saint Petersburg 7 4 1 0 2 17 16 +1 10
3 CSKA Moscow 7 4 1 1 1 20 11 +9 11 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
4 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 8 3 2 0 3 22 19 +3 10
5 Dynamo Moscow 7 3 1 1 2 18 20 −2 9
6 HC Sochi 7 3 0 1 3 15 18 −3 7
7 Spartak Moscow 8 2 0 3 3 19 20 −1 7
8 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 6 3 0 0 3 17 19 −2 6
9 Dinamo Minsk 7 2 1 0 4 19 21 −2 6
10 Dinamo Riga 7 1 2 0 4 14 23 −9 6
11 Jokerit 6 2 0 1 3 21 20 +1 5
12 Severstal Cherepovets 8 1 1 1 5 17 26 −9 5
Updated to match(es) played on 18 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 Conference[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 7 4 3 0 0 24 13 +11 14 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs[a]
2 Salavat Yulaev Ufa 6 4 0 1 1 14 11 +3 9
3 Traktor Chelyabinsk 9 3 2 1 3 18 17 +1 11 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
4 Avangard Omsk 7 3 1 1 2 16 17 −1 9
5 Ak Bars Kazan 5 4 0 0 1 19 12 +7 8
6 Barys Nur-Sultan 7 4 0 0 3 13 12 +1 8
7 Sibir Novosibirsk 7 3 0 2 2 16 16 0 8
8 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 7 3 0 1 3 18 16 +2 7
9 Admiral Vladivostok 6 3 0 0 3 12 14 −2 6
10 Kunlun Red Star 7 2 1 0 4 12 14 −2 6
11 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 7 1 0 1 5 10 18 −8 3
12 Amur Khabarovsk 8 0 0 3 5 11 20 −9 3
Updated to match(es) played on 18 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.

Statistics[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

The following players led the league in points, at the conclusion of matches played on 18 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
Russia Kirill Kaprizov CSKA Moscow 7 4 7 11 +4 0
Russia Mikhail Grigorenko CSKA Moscow 7 3 6 9 +4 2
Kazakhstan Nigel Dawes Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 7 5 3 8 +1 2
Germany Brooks Macek Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 7 4 4 8 +4 4
Russia Vadim Shipachyov Dynamo Moscow 7 4 4 8 +1 0
Russia Nikita Soshnikov Salavat Yulaev Ufa 6 5 2 7 +5 0
Denmark Nicklas Jensen Jokerit 6 4 3 7 +3 4
Russia Alexander Semin Vityaz Podolsk 7 4 3 7 +2 0
Russia Daniil Vovchenko Severstal Cherepovets 8 4 3 7 +1 2
Russia Damir Zhafyarov Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 8 4 3 7 –1 0

Leading goaltenders[edit]

The following goaltenders led the league in goals against average, at the conclusion of matches played on 18 September 2019.[8]

Player Team GP TOI W L GA SO SV% GAA
Russia Alexander Samonov Spartak Moscow 3 179:31 3 0 2 1 98.11% 0.67
Kazakhstan Henrik Karlsson Barys Nur-Sultan 3 178:13 2 1 3 1 96.77% 1.01
Russia Ilya Sorokin CSKA Moscow 3 189:11 2 1 4 1 94.81% 1.27
Finland Juha Metsola Salavat Yulaev Ufa 6 323:08 4 1 8 1 95.32% 1.49
Russia Ivan Fedotov Traktor Chelyabinsk 4 236:45 2 2 6 0 95.24% 1.52
Russia Aleksandr Lazushin Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 5 236:46 3 0 6 0 94.69% 1.52
Sweden Lars Johansson CSKA Moscow 4 237:25 3 1 6 1 92.68% 1.52
Czech Republic Jakub Kovář Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 6 369:11 5 0 10 1 95.22% 1.63
United States Jeremy Smith Kunlun Red Star 3 183:50 1 1 5 1 93.90% 1.63
Russia Andrei Tikhomirov Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 4 146:12 2 1 4 1 94.74% 1.64

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. 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 18 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Leaders: Goaltenders (GAA)". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 18 September 2019.

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