Siberia have won three victories in their last five meetings. True, the recent two games do not cause much optimism among the fans: they lost to Traktor (2: 4) and barely snatched points from the western outsider Kunlun (3: 2OT). Novosibirsk already played with Lokomotiv at the beginning of the month – defeat with a score of 2: 3.
Yaroslavl also have three victories in the last five meetings over Novosibirsk, Avangard (3: 2) and CSKA (3: 2OT), two most powerful opponents. Note that both defeats at Loko were dry – CSKA failed to score in another meeting (0: 1OT) and Avtomobilist (0: 2).
Bookmakers see Lokomotiv as the favorite and give 2.3 odds for his victory in regular time, and 2.7 for Siberia.
Siberia is surprisingly active in starting the matches and in the last five meetings have opened the score four times. The only time the Novosibirsk team conceded first was in the match against Lokomotiv. It is interesting that for Yaroslavl this is also the only match where the team was able to score the puck first. The fact that Siberia will open an account in the game is given a coefficient of 2.03.
The teams still score a little in regulation time and here I would like to immediately push aside the big victory of Sibir over Kunlun (7: 2). This is rather a rare exception to the rule. On average, Novosibirsk scores 2.2 goals per match, while Loko scores 2.45.
Double outcome: Lokomotiv will not lose in regulation time, and the total total will be less than 4.5 with the odds of 2.34.