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
Continental Cup winnerCSKA Moscow
Top scorer
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 played 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 played 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 62 43 10 0 9 191 75 +116 106 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs[a]
2 SKA Saint Petersburg 62 45 4 5 8 209 80 +129 103
3 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 62 34 6 6 16 159 118 +41 86 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
4 Jokerit 62 32 5 6 19 197 164 +33 80
5 Dynamo Moscow 62 27 6 6 23 153 139 +14 72
6 HC Sochi 62 19 9 10 24 145 155 −10 66
7 Spartak Moscow 62 21 7 8 26 156 158 −2 64
8 Vityaz Podolsk 62 23 5 7 27 134 169 −35 63
9 Dinamo Riga 62 18 8 10 26 129 155 −26 62
10 Severstal Cherepovets 62 14 9 5 34 124 178 −54 51
11 Dinamo Minsk 62 15 2 8 37 119 180 −61 42
12 Slovan Bratislava 62 10 5 3 44 101 213 −112 33
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 62 39 8 1 14 191 125 +66 95 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs[a]
2 Barys Astana 62 28 10 10 14 190 149 +41 86
3 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 62 35 6 2 19 182 132 +50 84 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
4 Avangard Omsk 62 29 10 5 18 177 133 +44 83
5 Ak Bars Kazan 62 34 4 6 18 165 139 +26 82
6 Salavat Yulaev Ufa 62 24 7 10 21 158 140 +18 72
7 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 62 20 7 10 25 176 193 −17 64
8 Traktor Chelyabinsk 62 18 9 4 31 102 151 −49 58
9 Sibir Novosibirsk 62 19 5 6 32 148 192 −44 54
10 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 62 15 8 6 33 130 164 −34 52
11 Kunlun Red Star 62 19 1 11 31 142 190 −48 51
12 Admiral Vladivostok 62 18 5 5 34 139 176 −37 51
13 Amur Khabarovsk 62 17 3 9 33 126 175 −49 49
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.

Gagarin Cup playoffs[edit]

The 2019 Gagarin Cup playoffs started on 25 February 2019, with the top eight teams from each of the conferences, and will finish no later than 25 April 2019.[8]

  Conference Quarter-Finals Conference Semi-Finals Conference Finals Gagarin Cup Finals
                                     
1 Russia Avtomobilist 4     1 Russia Avtomobilist 1  
8 Russia Traktor 0     6 Russia Salavat Yulaev 4  


2 Kazakhstan Barys 4 Eastern Conference
7 Russia Torpedo 3  
    4 Russia Avangard 0  
  6 Russia Salavat Yulaev 0  
3 Russia Metallurg 2  
6 Russia Salavat Yulaev 4  
4 Russia Avangard 4   2 Kazakhstan Barys 1
5 Russia Ak Bars 0     4 Russia Avangard 4  


  E Russia
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W Russia
1 Russia CSKA 4     1 Russia CSKA 4
8 Russia Vityaz 0     5 Russia Dynamo 1  
2 Russia SKA 4
7 Russia Spartak 2  
  1 Russia CSKA 0
  2 Russia SKA 0  
3 Russia Lokomotiv 4  
6 Russia Sochi 2   Western Conference
4 Finland Jokerit 2   2 Russia SKA 4
5 Russia Dynamo 4     3 Russia Lokomotiv 1  
  • 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
2
3
4
5 Russia Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg
6 Russia Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
7 Kazakhstan Barys Astana
8 Russia Dynamo Moscow
9 Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk
10 Russia Ak Bars Kazan
11 Finland Jokerit
12 Russia HC Sochi
13 Russia Spartak Moscow
14 Russia Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
15 Russia Vityaz Podolsk
16 Russia Traktor Chelyabinsk
17 Latvia Dinamo Riga
18 Russia Sibir Novosibirsk
19 Russia Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
20 China Kunlun Red Star
21 Russia Admiral Vladivostok
22 Russia Severstal Cherepovets
23 Russia Amur Khabarovsk
24 Belarus Dinamo Minsk
25 Slovakia Slovan Bratislava

Statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

The following players led the league in points, at the conclusion of the regular season.[9] 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 Nikita Gusev SKA Saint Petersburg 62 17 64 81 +39 10
Kazakhstan Nigel Dawes Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 60 28 41 69 +20 12
Russia Vadim Shipachyov Dynamo Moscow 61 20 48 68 +22 30
Russia Dmitri Kagarlitsky Dynamo Moscow 61 24 37 61 +22 40
United States Brian O'Neill Jokerit 62 13 45 58 +7 30
Russia Sergei Mozyakin Metallurg Magnitogorsk 61 23 32 55 +14 10
Canada Matt Ellison Metallurg Magnitogorsk 62 20 35 55 +12 34
United States Dan Sexton Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 61 25 28 53 +22 6
Canada Darren Dietz Barys Astana 62 15 38 53 +30 59
Russia Mikhail Grigorenko CSKA Moscow 55 17 35 52 +33 10

Leading goaltenders[edit]

The following goaltenders led the league in goals against average, at the conclusion of the regular season.[10]

Player Team GP TOI W L GA SO SV% GAA
Russia Igor Shestyorkin SKA Saint Petersburg 28 1680:51 24 4 31 10 95.27% 1.11
Sweden Lars Johansson CSKA Moscow 24 1406:51 20 3 27 9 94.50% 1.15
Russia Ilya Sorokin CSKA Moscow 40 2327:53 28 6 45 11 94.04% 1.16
Sweden Magnus Hellberg SKA Saint Petersburg 34 2048:13 24 7 45 8 93.98% 1.32
Czech Republic Jakub Kovář Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 50 2958:08 38 9 88 8 93.90% 1.78
Russia Ilya Konovalov Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 45 2416:58 25 15 76 10 92.96% 1.89
Russia Ivan Bocharov Dynamo Moscow 38 2113:41 19 16 68 3 93.27% 1.93
Russia Artyom Zagidulin Metallurg Magnitogorsk 25 1102:49 12 7 36 4 92.44% 1.96
Russia Igor Bobkov Avangard Omsk 49 2682:16 25 17 89 8 91.44% 1.99
Finland Juha Metsola Salavat Yulaev Ufa 48 2761:22 25 20 93 4 93.44% 2.02

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. ^ Seren Rosso, Alessandro (25 January 2019). "2018/2019 Playoffs Logo Unveiled". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 21 February 2019. The 11th season's playoffs stage begins on February 25 with four games involving teams from both conferences. The potential 7th game of the Gagarin Cup finals is scheduled for April 25.
  9. ^ "Leaders: Points (G+A)". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Leaders: Goaltenders (GAA)". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 22 February 2019.

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