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 (Q) 49 34 8 0 7 148 56 +92 84 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs[a]
2 SKA Saint Petersburg (Q) 48 34 3 5 6 163 65 +98 79
3 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 50 26 6 3 15 124 96 +28 67 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
4 Jokerit 48 27 3 6 12 153 118 +35 66
5 Dynamo Moscow 50 21 6 4 19 124 115 +9 58
6 Spartak Moscow 50 18 7 6 19 130 122 +8 56
7 Vityaz Podolsk 49 19 5 4 21 110 124 −14 52
8 HC Sochi 50 14 7 9 20 121 136 −15 51
9 Dinamo Riga 49 14 5 10 20 100 124 −24 48
10 Severstal Cherepovets 49 10 6 4 29 89 145 −56 36
11 Dinamo Minsk 49 12 2 5 30 93 141 −48 33
12 Slovan Bratislava (E) 51 8 4 3 36 86 172 −86 27
Updated to match(es) played on 15 January 2019. 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.
(E) Eliminated; (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 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (Q) 50 33 6 1 10 156 96 +60 79 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs[a]
2 Avangard Omsk (Q) 52 24 9 5 14 148 110 +38 71
3 Ak Bars Kazan (Q) 51 29 4 4 14 134 110 +24 70 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
4 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 49 27 6 2 14 146 107 +39 68
5 Barys Astana 48 23 7 7 11 152 123 +29 67
6 Salavat Yulaev Ufa 51 22 5 7 17 140 114 +26 61
7 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 49 17 5 9 18 142 152 −10 53
8 Traktor Chelyabinsk 49 14 9 3 23 86 124 −38 49
9 Kunlun Red Star 49 17 1 7 24 111 144 −33 43
10 Sibir Novosibirsk 49 15 3 4 27 109 147 −38 40
11 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 50 11 6 6 27 109 136 −27 40
12 Amur Khabarovsk 48 11 1 8 28 88 144 −56 32
13 Admiral Vladivostok 47 10 3 5 29 101 142 −41 31
Updated to match(es) played on 15 January 2019. 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.
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Teams leading a division hold one of the first two places of their 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 15 January 2019.[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
Russia Nikita Gusev SKA Saint Petersburg 48 14 45 59 +23 10
Kazakhstan Nigel Dawes Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 49 23 34 57 +20 10
Russia Vadim Shipachyov Dynamo Moscow 50 17 38 55 +18 24
Russia Dmitri Kagarlitsky Dynamo Moscow 50 20 32 52 +17 16
Russia Sergei Mozyakin Metallurg Magnitogorsk 48 19 28 47 +13 10
Sweden Linus Omark Salavat Yulaev Ufa 49 8 39 47 +3 28
Canada Darren Dietz Barys Astana 48 12 33 45 +23 39
United States Dan Sexton Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 50 21 23 44 +17 4
United States Brian O'Neill Jokerit 48 11 31 42 +8 28
Sweden Linus Videll Dinamo Riga 41 21 20 41 +6 14

Leading goaltenders[edit]

The following goaltenders led the league in goals against average, at the conclusion of matches played on 15 January 2019.[9]

Player Team GP TOI W L GA SO SV% GAA
Sweden Lars Johansson CSKA Moscow 18 1050:05 15 2 17 8 95.55% 0.97
Russia Ilya Sorokin CSKA Moscow 32 1903:16 23 5 37 8 94.21% 1.17
Russia Igor Shestyorkin SKA Saint Petersburg 22 1321:41 18 4 27 8 94.72% 1.23
Sweden Magnus Hellberg SKA Saint Petersburg 26 1566:27 19 5 34 7 93.73% 1.30
Czech Republic Jakub Kovář Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 39 2334:46 33 6 65 6 94.39% 1.67
Russia Ilya Konovalov Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 37 1960:03 20 12 60 8 93.10% 1.84
Russia Ivan Bocharov Dynamo Moscow 32 1752:32 15 14 54 3 93.54% 1.85
Russia Vladislav Podyapolsky Ak Bars Kazan 27 1407:02 14 7 44 4 93.61% 1.88
Czech Republic Alexander Salák Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 18 1005:46 9 6 32 4 92.00% 1.91
Russia Igor Bobkov Avangard Omsk 43 2435:35 23 15 79 7 91.54% 1.95

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 15 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Leaders: Goaltenders (GAA)". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 15 January 2019.

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