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.

This season witnessed the first time that KHL games were played in Austria and Switzerland, as part of the KHL World Games.[1]

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,[2] with both teams moving to the Supreme Hockey League. As well as this, Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod were moved from the Western Conference,[3] 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,[3] up from 56 in 2017–18.

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 26 16 6 0 4 80 31 +49 44 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs[a]
2 SKA Saint Petersburg 27 18 2 3 4 93 40 +53 43
3 Jokerit 26 16 2 3 5 92 61 +31 39 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
4 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 28 14 3 3 8 74 53 +21 37
5 Spartak Moscow 28 11 2 5 10 72 71 +1 31
6 HC Sochi 28 8 4 5 11 64 75 −11 29
7 Dinamo Riga 25 10 2 1 12 56 66 −10 25
8 Vityaz Podolsk 28 9 2 2 15 67 80 −13 24
9 Dynamo Moscow 27 7 3 3 14 64 71 −7 23
10 Slovan Bratislava 28 6 3 2 17 52 98 −46 20
11 Severstal Cherepovets 27 5 3 3 16 40 75 −35 19
12 Dinamo Minsk 27 7 0 4 16 54 78 −24 18
Updated to match(es) played on 14 November 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 28 21 4 1 2 95 45 +50 51 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs[a]
2 Avangard Omsk 28 14 6 2 6 84 54 +30 42
3 Ak Bars Kazan 27 16 2 3 6 72 57 +15 39 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
4 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 29 15 4 1 9 79 63 +16 39
5 Barys Astana 26 12 5 5 4 92 71 +21 39
6 Salavat Yulaev Ufa 26 12 3 3 8 72 55 +17 33
7 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 26 10 4 5 7 79 72 +7 33
8 Kunlun Red Star 26 10 1 4 11 56 73 −17 26
9 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 26 8 4 2 12 61 69 −8 26
10 Traktor Chelyabinsk 27 6 5 3 13 52 81 −29 25
11 Amur Khabarovsk 27 8 0 2 17 56 85 −29 18
12 Admiral Vladivostok 28 3 2 4 19 54 96 −42 14
13 Sibir Novosibirsk 28 5 0 3 20 52 88 −36 13
Updated to match(es) played on 14 November 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 13 November 2018.[4] 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 27 12 22 34 +17 6
Russia Nikita Gusev SKA Saint Petersburg 26 7 25 32 +9 6
Sweden Linus Videll Dinamo Riga 25 13 14 27 –1 8
Kazakhstan Roman Starchenko Barys Astana 25 11 16 27 +13 6
Canada Mathew Maione Dinamo Riga 25 6 21 27 –9 4
Sweden Patrik Hersley SKA Saint Petersburg 25 11 15 26 +9 4
Canada Darren Dietz Barys Astana 25 9 17 26 +15 27
France Stéphane Da Costa Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 27 12 13 25 +12 8
Sweden André Petersson Barys Astana 25 10 15 25 +12 16
Sweden Linus Omark Salavat Yulaev Ufa 26 3 22 25 +2 16

Leading goaltenders[edit]

The following goaltenders led the league in goals against average, at the conclusion of matches played on 13 November 2018.[5]

Player Team GP TOI W L GA SO SV% GAA
Sweden Lars Johansson CSKA Moscow 10 569:10 8 1 7 5 96.86% 0.74
Russia Igor Shestyorkin SKA Saint Petersburg 13 782:02 11 2 17 4 94.62% 1.30
Czech Republic Jakub Kovář Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 21 1272:04 20 1 29 4 95.34% 1.37
Sweden Magnus Hellberg SKA Saint Petersburg 13 786:42 8 3 18 3 93.45% 1.37
Russia Ilya Sorokin CSKA Moscow 17 1006:56 10 3 23 3 92.97% 1.37
Russia Vladislav Podyapolsky Ak Bars Kazan 11 548:55 7 0 14 2 94.66% 1.53
Czech Republic Alexander Salák Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 12 712:52 8 4 19 3 93.19% 1.60
Russia Igor Bobkov Avangard Omsk 24 1365:15 14 6 39 4 92.25% 1.71
Finland Juha Metsola Salavat Yulaev Ufa 22 1246:52 13 8 40 2 94.04% 1.92
Russia Vasily Koshechkin Metallurg Magnitogorsk 22 1144:53 12 6 37 2 93.58% 1.94

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New frontiers – the KHL World Games head to Vienna and Zurich". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. 28 August 2018. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  2. ^ Tuniz, Davide (28 March 2018). "KHL excludes Lada Togliatti and Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk". EuroHockey.com. European Ice Hockey Online AB. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b "2018/2019 season calendar: start in September and comfortable playoffs". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. 5 July 2018. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Leaders: Points (G+A)". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Leaders: Goaltenders (GAA)". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 13 November 2018.

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