Both opponents are on a good run for the New Year holidays. Avangard has an active streak of four victories, while Traktor has three. Chelyabinsk residents again point-blank got close to their sworn friends from Magnitogorsk, and if in their last match in 2021, Magnitka stumbles in Minsk (or she can, because she does not talk weakly), then Traktor may well celebrate the New Year in the rank of the sole leader not only of the Eastern Conference, but of the entire KHL. Can you imagine what the level of motivation of Chelyabinsk residents will be?
In this pair, the statistics of personal meetings cannot help us in any way. In general, the opponents have equality, plus the victories are evenly distributed among the hosts and guests. Let’s not forget that in the previous round, “Avangard” did not overwork, taking two points in Riga “with little blood”. But Traktor’s rival was by no means from the elite either.
In general, everything leads us to a draw in regulation time, which will be my main prediction. Then a big element of randomness comes into play, and I’m not going to go there. But, sorry, I don’t see the winner in regulation time of this match.