Two players from Barys Astana are in the KHL Top 5.
HC Slovan returned home from their away trip, and after a short break they will return on the home ice where they will play three home games against East Conference teams. The first one will be on Monday, at 7 PM against Barys Astana.
The team from Kazakhstan have been very successful in the beginning of the season, however they've started to lose some points in the past few weeks. In the past 5 games, they won twice and fell to the 8th place of the East Conference standings. The team is led by head coach Evgeny Koreshkov, a former Kazakhstan national team player, and they have already scored 60 points, leaving behind Amur Khabarovsk, who have currently 3 points less.
Just like in previous season, Barys recruited several overseas veterans. The most popular and one of the most performing player is former NHL player Nigel Dawes. The Canadian player has already scored 45 points in 37 games. However, even with all these points he is not the leader of the stats! Ani tento bodový zisk mu líderskú pozíciu v štatistikách nezabezpečuje. Another Canadian player, Linden Vey, has 47 points and is KHL's second best player, while the leader of the points stats is Ilya Kovalchuk with two more points than Linden Vey.
Matthew Frattin, with 28 points, is the third most performing player. The best Kazakh player is Konstantin Pushkaryov, however, when compared to his team mates, he's scored just 14 points.
Foreign players are important part of the defense team as well. Kazakhstan's veteran who's already got a Kazakh citizenship is a defenseman Kevin Dallman, who scored 21 points in 39 games. Another defenseman from Canada, Darren Dietz, is currently enjoing his first KHL season with 18 points. The coaches like to use Roman Savchenko (10pts) from Kazakhstan for power-plays.
Astana's goaltender Henrik Karlsson has had a very good season so far. The robust goaltender from Scandinavia has played in 37 games so far with excellent save rate of almost 92%.