Nail Yakupov is (from all we know) eligible to play today for his town team. I believe he was eligible the other day but didn’t dress for Neftekhimik.
From what I can gather at the KHL site, Neftekhimik has won 7 of their first 11 games and sit 4th in the Eastern division. They feature some good offensive defenders (Mamashev, Berezin, Blokhin) and their top forwards are delivering some offense:
Just click on that graph, and then click on the “X” upper right and it’ll be big enough to read. Nail is right at the bottom.
I believe the game starts at 9am our time, and you can follow the game here. When the game begins, a ‘document’ icon will appear in the SKA-Neftekhimik’ box when you put the cursor over where the starting time is now on the Neftekhimik game.
Elsewhere tonight David Musil is tied for 7th in WHL scoring among blue (4, 1-3-4 +1) but his team is playing poorly (1-3-0 in their first 4).
Finally, a question. What would you like to see this month? Options:
- Game day threads like this one. Featured teams will be Neftekhimik, Farjestad, the Oil Kings and the Barons.
- Historical stuff like the 1967 expansion draft. I’ve been ripping through those quickly, maybe you’d like to see something else?
- Stories from other NHL teams. I almost wrote an item on Don Cherry’s take re the Nazem Kadri signing (I agree completely with Cherry and that never happens).
- I could run through a previous season game by game. Say, 83-84? 79-80?
Anyway, let me know. All ideas welcome.