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2014–2015 KHL season
League Kontinental Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Duration 3 September 2014 – 19 April 2015
Number of games 60
Number of teams 28
Regular season
Continental Cup winner CSKA Moscow
Top scorer Alexander Radulov
Playoffs
Western champions SKA St. Petersburg
Western runners-up CSKA Moscow
Eastern champions Ak Bars Kazan
Eastern runners-up Sibir Novosibirsk
Gagarin Cup
Champions SKA St. Petersburg
Runners-up Ak Bars Kazan
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The 2014–15 KHL season is the seventh season of the Kontinental Hockey League. The season started on 3 September with the Opening Cup between defending champions Metallurg Magnitogorsk and Dynamo Moscow, replacing Lev Praha, last year's runner up not participating this season.

Team changes Edit

Prior to the season, the KHL added three more teams: Jokerit from Helsinki, Lada Tolyatti (an earlier member of the KHL that spent the last four seasons in the VHL) and HC Sochi, an expansion team from Sochi.

HC Donbass did not play in the league this season, because of the political instability in Ukraine which culminated in a devastating fire at their home arena. Donbass intended to rejoin KHL for the 2015–16 season, but ultimately joined the new Ukrainian Hockey Extra League. HC Lev Praha didn't participate in KHL this season either, because of financial problems. In addition,Spartak Moscow did not participate in the league this season, after missing the deadline for shoring up its finances.

Divisions and regular season format Edit

New for this season, is that the teams primarily play games against teams in their own division, and secondarily against teams in their own conference, and finally against teams in the other conference. According to the new format (subject to final approval by the League management) each team will play a total of 60 games during the regular season as follows:

  • 24 games against the other teams in their division (two at home and two on the road against each opponent),
  • 14 games (one at home and one on the road against each opponent), against the teams in the other division in their conference,
  • 14 more against teams from the other conference (comprising seven home games versus teams from one division and seven road games against teams from the other),
  • 8 games where four will be against teams in their own conference (two at home, two on the road) and four against opposition from the other conference (again, two at home and two on the road). When determining the opponents and venues for these additional 8 games, the League consi der practical things, including the geographical locations and the availability of the arenas.

How the teams are divided into divisions and conferences are shown in the table below.

Eastern Conference Western Conference
Bobrov Division Tarasov Division Kharlamov Division Chernyshev Division
Jokerit Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod Ak Bars Kazan Admiral Vladivostok
Dynamo Minsk CSKA Moscow Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg Amur Khabarovsk
Dinamo Riga Dynamo Moscow Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk Avangard Omsk
Atlant Moscow Oblast Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Metallurg Magnitogorsk Barys Astana
Medveščak Zagreb Severstal Cherepovets Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk Metallurg Novokuznetsk
SKA St. Petersburg HC Sochi Lada Tolyatti Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Slovan Bratislava Vityaz Podolsk Traktor Chelyabinsk Sibir Novosibirsk

Regular season Edit

The regular season began on 3 September 2014 with the Opening Cup between Metallurg Magnitogorsk and Dynamo Moscow. Metallurg won the game 6–1.

Player statistics Edit

Scoring leaders Edit

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalty minutes

As of 24 Feb 2015
Rank Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
1st Alexander Radulov CSKA Moscow 46 24 47 71 +37 143
2nd Jan Kovar Metallurg Magnitogorsk 60 24 44 68 +15 50
3rd Danis Zaripov Metallurg Magnitogorsk 60 24 40 64 +13 40
T-4th Stephane Da Costa CSKA Moscow 46 30 32 62 +26 12
T-4th Artemi Panarin SKA St. Petersburg 54 26 36 62 +18 37
6th Charles Linglet Dinamo Minsk 54 22 36 58 -2 59
T-7th Steve Moses Jokerit 60 36 21 57 +11 20
T-7th Matt Ellison Dinamo Minsk 58 24 33 57 -2 38
T-9th Nigel Dawes Astana Barys 60 32 24 56 +18 48
T-9th Denis Parshin Avangard Omsk 60 25 31 56 +18 40
T-9th Brandon Bochenski Astana Barys 60 20 36 56 +14 60
12th Ilya Kovalchuk SKA St. Petersburg 54 20 35 55 +4 69

Leading goaltenders Edit

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; SOP = Shootouts played; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Russian Ice Hockey Championship Edit

At the end of the regular season of the KHL Championship the following teams became medalists of the Russian Ice Hockey Championship:

Rank Team
Gold medal icon CSKA Moscow
Silver medal icon SKA St. Petersburg
Bronze medal icon Dynamo Moscow

Playoffs Edit

Gagarin Cup

The playoffs started on February 27, 2015, with the top eight teams from each of the conferences and will end with the last game of the Gagarin Cup final.

   Conference Quarter-Finals Conference Semi-Finals Conference Finals Gagarin Cup Finals
                                                        
 Ak Bars 4        Ak Bars 4   
 Avtomobilist 1        Avangard 1  
 Sibir 4 Eastern Conference
 Traktor 2   
       Ak Bars 4   
    Sibir 1   
 Metallurg 4   
 Salavat Yulaev 1   
 Avangard 4     Sibir 4
 Barys 3        Metallurg 1  
    Ak Bars 1
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
    SKA 4
 CSKA 4        CSKA 4
 HC Sochi 0        Jokerit 1   
 SKA 4
 Torpedo 1   
    CSKA 3
    SKA 4   
 Dynamo Moscow 4   
 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 2    Western Conference
 Jokerit 4     SKA 4
 Dynamo Minsk 1        Dynamo Moscow 1   
  • During the first three rounds home ice is determined by seeding number, not position on the bracket. In the Finals the team with the better regular season record has home ice.

Final standings Edit

Rank Team
1 SKA St. Petersburg
2 Ak Bars Kazan
3 CSKA Moscow
4 Sibir Novosibirsk
5 Dynamo Moscow
6 Jokerit
7 Metallurg Magnitogorsk
8 Avangard Omsk
9 Dinamo Minsk
10 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
11 Barys Astana
12 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
13 HC Sochi
14 Salavat Yulaev Ufa
15 Traktor Chelyabinsk
16 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg
17 Atlant Moscow Oblast
18 Severstal Cherepovets
19 Admiral Vladivostok
20 Vityaz Podolsk
21 Dinamo Riga
22 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
23 Medveščak Zagreb
24 Lada Tolyatti
25 Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk
26 Slovan Bratislava
27 Metallurg Novokuznetsk
28 Amur Khabarovsk

Awards Edit

Players of the Month Edit

Best KHL players of each month.

Month Goaltender Defense Forward Rookie
September Stanislav Galimov Anton Belov Sergei Shirokov Vladislav Kamenev
October Ivan Kasutin Maxim Chudinov Artemi Panarin Ivan Nalimov
November Mikko Koskinen Georgi Misharin Igor Grigorenko Pavel Koledov
December Michael Garnett Nick Bailen Dmitri Kugryshev Damir Musin
January Alexander Lazushin Alexei Semenov Mikhail Varnakov Vyacheslav Leschenko
February Anders Nilsson Deron Quint Charles Linglet Maxim Mamin
March Anders Nilsson Denis Denisov Alexander Radulov Kirill Semyonov
April Mikko Koskinen Maxim Chudinov Evgenii Dadonov Not awarded

Milestones Edit

  • On September 13, 2014, the Metallurg Magnitogorsk forward Sergei Mozyakin recorded his 400th KHL regular season career point. He became the first player in league history to reach this milestone.
  • On September 24, 2014, the Metallurg Magnitogorsk forward Danis Zaripov recorded his 300th KHL regular season career point. He became the third player in league history to reach this milestone.
  • On October 5, 2014, Ak Bars Kazan coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov coached his 800th career game in Russian championships.
  • On October 6, 2014, Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod forward Wojtek Wolski set a new league record for the fastest hat-trick in the game against Sibir Novosibirsk scoring in 1 minute 46 seconds.
  • On February 18, 2015, Jokerit forward Steve Moses scored his 36th goal against Atlant Moscow Oblast and broke the league record for the most goals scored during one season.
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