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2020–21 KHL season

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The 2020–21 KHL season is the thirteenth season of the Kontinental Hockey League. There are 23 teams that are competing in 60 regular season games. The season began on 2 September 2020.[1]

Season changes[edit source | edit]

For the 2020–21 season, the competition was reduced to 23 teams after Admiral Vladivostok took a hiatus for the season due to the coronavirus pandemic affecting their financial status.[2]

With pre-season events returning to the schedule in August as a part of preparations to start the season, Jokerit, whose ability to stage games will be governed by Finland's restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic, announced that it expected to play before a reduced audience at the Hartwall Arena during the first month of the campaign.[3]

Due to the on-going travel restrictions against the COVID-19 pandemic, Kunlun Red Star determined that they would be unable to play in Cadillac Arena situated in Beijing, China for this season. In August, the club signed a contract to play out of Mytishchi Arena, the second venue for the 2007 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships located on the outskirts of Moscow.[4] It is widely believed that the promotion of ice hockey to potential followers in China before the 2022 Winter Olympics would be hampered as a result.

Teams[edit source | edit]

The 23 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.

Following Admiral Vladivostok's hiatus from the league, and to alleviate any potential issues with teams transiting during the COVID-19 pandemic, several conference and divisional changes were announced.[1]

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

League standings[edit source | edit]

Each team is scheduled to play 60 games: playing every other team home-and-away (44 games), 8–10 games against division rivals and 6–8 games against teams in the other division in their respective conference.[1]

Points are awarded for each game, where two points were awarded for all victories, regardless of whether it is in regulation time, in overtime or after game-winning shots. One point will be awarded for losing in overtime or game-winning shots, and zero points for losing in regulation time. At the end of the regular season, the team that finished with the most points is crowned the Continental Cup winner.

Western Conference[edit source | edit]

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Eastern Conference[edit source | edit]

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Statistics[edit source | edit]

Scoring leaders[edit source | edit]

The following players led the league in points, at the conclusion of matches played on 19 January 2021.[5] 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
Template:Country data FIN Teemu Hartikainen Salavat Yulaev Ufa 42 22 32 54 +11 8
Russia Vadim Shipachyov Dynamo Moscow 45 16 36 52 +20 20
Russia Damir Zhafyarov Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 48 19 32 51 +7 22
Template:Country data FIN Markus Granlund Salavat Yulaev Ufa 39 23 24 47 +16 22
France Stéphane Da Costa Ak Bars Kazan 42 21 26 47 +8 20
Canada Justin Danforth Vityaz Podolsk 45 17 27 44 +12 40
Template:Country data CZE Dmitrij Jaškin Dynamo Moscow 46 31 12 43 +16 46
Template:Country data LAT Kaspars Daugaviņš Vityaz Podolsk 45 15 27 42 +11 24
Template:Country data FIN Sakari Manninen Salavat Yulaev Ufa 44 14 28 42 +11 8
United States Andy Miele Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 45 17 24 41 +6 28

Leading goaltenders[edit source | edit]

The following goaltenders led the league in goals against average, at the conclusion of matches played on 19 January 2021.[6]

Player Team(s) GP TOI W L GA SO SV% GAA
Template:Country data SWE Adam Reideborn Ak Bars Kazan 21 1222:32 14 5 35 3 93.57% 1.72
Canada Edward Pasquale Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 33 1904:17 20 9 58 5 92.66% 1.83
Template:Country data SWE Lars Johansson CSKA Moscow 16 932:44 13 3 29 1 91.55% 1.87
Template:Country data FIN Juho Olkinuora Metallurg Magnitogorsk 25 1392:37 15 6 45 2 93.43% 1.94
Russia Alexander Yeryomenko Dynamo Moscow 21 1072:45 12 5 35 3 93.07% 1.96
Russia Alexander Sharychenkov CSKA Moscow 30 1697:57 17 6 56 2 91.97% 1.98
Template:Country data SWE Magnus Hellberg SKA Saint Petersburg 16 869:47 10 3 29 2 92.80% 2.00
Russia Igor Bobkov Avangard Omsk 19 1003:45 10 4 35 1 92.44% 2.09
Template:Country data LAT Jānis Kalniņš Jokerit 23 1269:30 13 8 45 3 92.57% 2.13
Template:Country data CZE Jakub Kovář Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 43 2427:11 21 16 88 7 92.52% 2.18

Awards[edit source | edit]

Players of the Month[edit source | edit]

The following players were recognised as the best KHL players of each month.

Month Goaltender Defence Forward Rookie
September[7] Russia Emil Garipov (Avangard Omsk) Canada Chay Genoway (Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg) Russia Alexei Makeyev (Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg) Russia Yegor Chinakhov (Avangard Omsk)
October[8] Canada Edward Pasquale (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl) Russia Daniil Miromanov (HC Sochi) Canada Justin Danforth (Vityaz Podolsk) Russia Yegor Chinakhov (Avangard Omsk)
November[9] Template:Country data CZE Dominik Furch (Dinamo Minsk) Russia Alexei Emelin (Avangard Omsk) Template:Country data CZE Dmitrij Jaškin (Dynamo Moscow) Russia Ivan Chekhovich (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod)
December[10] Russia Alexander Yeryomenko (Dynamo Moscow) Belarus Stepan Falkovsky (Dinamo Minsk) France Stéphane Da Costa (Ak Bars Kazan) Russia Ivan Chekhovich (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod)

References[edit source | edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Potts, Andy (7 August 2020). "The KHL schedule for 2020-2021 – we start on Sep. 2!". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  2. Ellis, Steven (1 April 2020). "Admiral Vladivostok announces withdrawal from KHL's 2020-21 season due to coronavirus". TheHockeyNews. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  3. "Pre-season plans". Kontinental Hockey League. 29 June 2020. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  4. Potts, Andy (22 July 2020). "Kovalev to coach Kunlun Red Star". IIHF. Retrieved 13 August 2020.
  5. "Leaders: Points (G+A)". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  6. "Leaders: Goaltenders (GAA)". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  7. Seren Rosso, Alessandro (1 October 2020). "Players of the Month: Garipov, Genoway, Makeyev, and Chinakhov". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  8. Seren Rosso, Alessandro (31 October 2020). "Players of the Month: Pasquale, Miromanov, Danforth, and Chinakhov". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
  9. Seren Rosso, Alessandro (1 December 2020). "Players of the Month: Furch, Emelin, Jaskin, and Chekhovich". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  10. Seren Rosso, Alessandro (2 January 2021). "Players of the Month: Yeryomenko, Falkovsky, Da Costa, and Chekhovich". KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 3 January 2021.

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