Lokomotiv and SKA cross paths in the playoffs for the fifth time in the last six seasons. This is the 3rd time they meet in the second round.
In 2014 SKA lost the first series (2: 4), but in the next 3 years "red-blue" made up for lost time and even managed to beat Yaroslavtsev 9 times in a row.
The 2016 series began in Yaroslavl with SKA losing in overtime (3: 2).
But in the other four meetings, the army won with enviable success.
The beginning of next season began in"ice." Yaroslavl won with the score 4:2, but the "red-blue" recouped thanks to a goal by Jarno Koskiranta and a rebound from Patrick hersley after the throw of Nikita Gusev. Further games were held with a clear advantage of luck on the side of SKA.
A year ago CSKA first won (4: 0), then lost (1:2), but in the remaining 3 matches have only won.
The head coach of Lokomotiv is Dmitry Kvartalnov.
Works in the KHL for ten seasons.
He has been head of Lokomotiv since 2017.
In addition, he coached Severstal (Cherepovets), Siberia (Novosibirsk) and CSKA.
The clubs, which was headed by Kvartalnov 43 times played against SKA and 19 victories - a record among the senior coaches of the KHL.
Many people remember the series of games SKA vs CSKA (2015-2016) and games with Yaroslavl in the past year, coach of rivals SKA at the time was that Dmitri Kvartalnov.
Compared to the last season of "Locomotive" has changed: on the gate is Ilya Konovalov and Alexander Salak, in defense play Maxim Osipov and Alexander Kutuzov, and the attack appeared Stepan Sannikov (player "Siberia").
In the "Locomotive" in the previous 4 series in the games involved three hockey players: defender and captain Staffan Kronvall, as well as two strikers Egor Averin and Daniel Apalkov.
Kronwall and Apalkov took part in 20 matches play-offs, and Averin in 18.
Part of SKA four hockey players participated in the series 2014: Dinar Hafizullah, Alexander Barabanov, Ilya Kablukov Viktor Tikhonov.
In the composition of the four SKA players took part in a series of 2014: Dinar Hafizullah, Alexander Barabanov, Ilya Kablukov Viktor Tikhonov (max. number of games against Lokomotiv).
There are also players such as Sergey Plotnikov from SKA and Aleksandra Salak from Lokomotiv, who played for the opposite team in 2014