Lokomotiv vs CSKA. Who will win the battle for silver in the West?

Yaroslavl "Arena 2000 Lokomotiv" February 18 will be the meeting place for direct competitors in the Western Conference. The local Lokomotiv will take on the home ice of the capital's CSKA.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Lokomotiv vs CSKA


The railway workers have only three matches left in the regular season, and two of them are away. Thus, the upcoming game against the capital's army will be the last home before the start of the playoffs. At stake is the final second place in the West, which makes it possible to start the first two cup rounds on home ice. At the moment, Lokomotiv is the main contender for the second position, having a small points margin over direct competitors. In fact, three clubs are currently competing for silver in the West: Lokomotiv - 88 points, Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo - 87, CSKA - 86. At the same time, Torpedo and CSKA played two matches less than Lokomotiv, which can become a determining factor in the distribution of final places.

The current form of the team plays into the hands of Yaroslavl. Lokomotiv seriously added in February, having already won five victories in a row. Once again, it is worth noting the defense of the railroad workers, in these matches Lokomotiv conceded only two goals, having played to zero three times. In total, Lokomotiv has already played 12 clean sheets, which is the best result of the current season in the KHL. Among the losers were the capital's army team, and the victory with a score of 4-1 was won by Lokomotiv on the road.


Continues to claim the final silver in the conference and the army club. Not the most impressive game of the army team during the regular season should not mislead anyone. Initially, it was clear that the main task for the season for CSKA would be the Gagarin Cup, and how Sergei Fedorov's wards are added during the playoffs was eloquently shown by the last championship, which ended in the triumph of the army club. Now the main goal is second place, since the first place has long been reserved for the St. Petersburg army team. And here CSKA expects a serious fight with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv and Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo. All three teams are in the two-point range, so any changes are possible at the top of the table.

As for the current game form of the army team, there are certain problems here. In the last five matches, the army team lost three times, and two defeats were at home (5-6 from Barys and 1-4 from Lokomotiv). Another misfire occurred in the away match against Salavat Yulaev, in which the capital's team lost with a score of 2-1. Victories in this tournament segment were won over Avangard 2-1 and Dynamo Moscow 3-2.

Lokomotiv vs CSKA


The upcoming game will be the sixth face-to-face match for the opponents this season. The army team has two wins - away 3-2 and home 2-1. The locomotive won three times, and two of these victories were won by the railway workers on the road, in Moscow. The last guest victory of Lokomotiv happened just a couple of days ago, on February 15, the railway workers unexpectedly outplayed the army team with a score of 4-1. The army team has an abandoned puck on account of Grigorenko, Lokomotiv scored Shalunov, Polunin, Chekhovich and Rafikov.

Odds from download 1xbet

According to the bookmaker, there is no clear favorite in the upcoming game. Lokomotiv's chances of winning in regular time are estimated at 2.5, the possible success of the army team is offered at 2.7. In the last ten matches of these teams, extra time was required five times to determine the winner, you can bet on another draw with a coefficient of 3.55. Both teams play in a defensive manner, which is also reflected in the betting quotes for the total goals scored: Total over (4.5) - 2.22, Total under (4.5) - 1.64. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

Five abandoned goals in the previous meeting of these teams look like an anomaly, much more often in games involving Lokomotiv no more than four goals are scored per game. It makes no sense for the railroad workers to change their game tactics and get involved with the army team in open hockey. We are waiting for the next kind of “hockey chess”, where caution and the desire not to make mistakes will come to the fore. Our prediction is Total Under 4.5 with odds of 1.64.

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