The next game day of the new KHL season will give us some bright and interesting confrontations. In one of these, the "Motorist" will take the "Avangard". The game will be held on September 17 at 17: 00 Moscow time at the Uralets Arena.
Avtomobilist looked pretty good last season, but could not go beyond the first stage of the playoffs, losing to Avangard. In the off-season, the team has strengthened quite strongly at the expense of experienced veterans and added depth to the squad at the expense of young people, which has already borne fruit in the preseason. The team failed to start the championship, although after that it gave out a powerful away series, winning several impressive victories. The last was the match with "Kunlun RS", where the Ural team won 1: 5.
After the outflow of a large number of players in the off-season, the management tried to replace the leaders, but there were no high-profile signings, it is worth noting only the legionnaire from Sweden Tseglarik, who showed a fantastic game in the first matches of the championship. After a good start, the team has now lost momentum and gives out a series of defeats, the last was the meeting against Metallurg, where the champion was beaten with a score of 7: 4.
Injuries and disqualifications:
- "Avtomobilist" - Golyshev (injury unknown), Rasseikin (injury unknown), Gross (leg injury), Kovarzh (injury unknown).Avangard - Dergachev (injury unknown), Mizyurin (groin injury), Kosov (injury unknown).
Statistics and figures:
- The last match between these teams ended with the victory of Avangard 3:1.
- "Avtomobilist" has an excellent series of four consecutive victories.
- Avangard has won only twice in their last five meetings.
It is difficult to single out a favorite here, because both teams demonstrate quite bright hockey. Both clubs prefer to play in attack, having some problems with defense. Now the hosts, who gave an excellent away series, look better physically, so I suggest choosing their victory in this game.