⅛ finals game from the KHL Playoffs in Russia. The game is between the teams of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl and SKA St. Petersburg. The result so far is 3-1 for the team from St. Petersburg. They are definitely the better team, no one can doubt that.
In the last games what we saw is that Lokomotiv are trying to upgrade their defensive line. First two games between these two teams finished 2-3 and 3-2. This was really interesting because the next two games finished 3-0 and 1-0.
We are on the opinion that both teams will be playing now really carefully. Well, maybe SKA St. Petersburg will be the team who has a good advantage and they will be playing mostly in defense. While Lokomotiv Yaroslavl will be trying to attack from the first minute. After all they have nothing to lose. But this is dangerous because they know how good their opponents are on counter-attack. We believe that in the first quarter there are not be any goals and if so, the game will go for sure under here.
A third leg game from the playoff in the Russian KHL between the teams of Bars Kazan and Salavat Ufa. First two games were won by the team of Salavat and now the playoff series are continuing in Kazan.
After the great wins of Salavat, now they are big favourites for winning the playoff with 3 wins but this does not make them so big favourites, because now they have 2 away games. It will be really important for Bars Kazan to take the first one so they can have hopes in making the miracle and come back from 0-2. Actually Bars Kazan played really bad both games and they lost with a huge difference. No idea what happened to that team, but they are definitely playing better at home.
Interesting fact here is that both teams were fully equal during the season as they finished 4th and 5th respectively. Bars Kazan proved that they are a tough team at home and this is our main reason of believing that they can handle with the pressure here and lower the negative series to 1-2. This will boost him a lot and they can even completely erase the 2 losses from Ufa.
A big factor will be the discipline of both teams. In the past games there were a lot of penalties giving for any reasons to both teams. The price is too big for both teams and this is why they are so aggressive. From the last 5 head to head games at home, Bars Kazan has 3 wins and 2 losses as both losses came after over time. We believe that there is a big chance this game to go in over time as well, and this is the reason to put the game win for Bars Kazan (Including Over time).