Torpedo NN vs Lokomotiv. How will the meeting between neighbors in the standings end?

Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo will end the calendar year with a game against Yaroslavl Lokomotiv. The meeting will take place on December 28 in Nizhny Novgorod, on the ice of the Nagorny recreation center.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Torpedo NN vs Lokomotiv

Torpedo NN

The youngest team in the League, which is Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo for the second season in a row, continues to pleasantly surprise with its play. The playing philosophy of Igor Larionov, who instills in his players open hockey with a clear emphasis on attack, contrary to the predictions of skeptics, continues to bear fruit. Another advantage of being a car factory mentor is the ability to work with young people. Thus, this season, Vasily Atanasov has shown his bright colors, thanks to his successful play for Torpedo, he received a call to the national team and became the winner of the Channel One Cup.

To some extent, Atanasov's absence influenced the result of Torpedo's first game after a break in the championship. The home game against Spartak turned out to be a failure in terms of defensive play; the automakers were able to respond to the five goals they conceded with only two of their own. The work on the mistakes was carried out promptly, in the next two matches the Nizhny Novgorod team were almost perfect in defense, conceding one goal per match. As a result, victories with the same score 3-1 over Severstal away and St. Petersburg SKA at home. Thus, Torpedo, with 55 points scored, is fifth in the West, seven points behind the leading duo.


Like Torpedo, Yaroslavl Lokomotiv is one of the most recognizable teams in the League, having its own signature style of play. But if in the case of the automakers, the attack comes to the fore, then the railroads, with their feature, focused on the defensive style of play, which may not be so attractive to an outside viewer, but brings points on a regular basis. Just like a year ago, Lokomotiv is the best club in the KHL in terms of the number of goals conceded, with an average of less than two goals conceded per match.

The short break in the championship did not affect the defensive skills of the Lokomotiv hockey players. In three matches played, the railwaymen conceded only four goals, taking four points out of a possible six. Yaroslavl defeated Vityaz 5-2, put the squeeze on CSKA 2-1 in overtime, but unexpectedly lost with a dry score of 0-1 in the home match of Cherepovets Severstal. Now Lokomotiv shares third or fourth place in the West with St. Petersburg SKA, ahead of Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo, which is located one step lower, by two points.

Torpedo NN vs Lokomotiv


The last two matches of these rivals in Nizhny Novgorod did not reveal a winner at the end of regulation time, in both cases there was a 2-2 draw, and both times the hosts ultimately won - once in a shootout, and once in overtime. Overtime – Yes for 3.85. This will be the fourth head-to-head meeting between Torpedo and Lokomotiv in the current championship. In Yaroslavl, the teams exchanged victories, 5-2 away victory for Torpedo and 1-0 revenge for Lokomotiv. A month ago in Nizhny Novgorod, everything was decided in overtime, where luck was on the side of the Torpedo hockey players. The general statistics of personal meetings is as follows: 51 matches were played, 25 victories for Torpedo, 26 for the Yaroslavl club.

Odds from download 1xbet

Given the relative equality in the playing level of the teams, the bookmaker gives a slight advantage in the upcoming match to the home team, setting odds of 2.32 for Torpedo to win in regulation time, while the possible success of Lokomotiv is offered with odds of 2.6. This confrontation is traditionally rich in draws; on average, every fourth match ended outside regular time. You can bet on another draw with odds of 4.1. In terms of expected performance, 1xbet specialists offer the following quotes: total over (4.5) – 1.72, total under (4.5) – 2.04. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

Two teams meet, stylistically completely different. If Torpedo relies on attacking hockey, then Lokomotiv’s main trump cards are defense and playing on counterattacks. Igor Larionov has already proven that with his team he is quite capable of cracking the layered defense of the railway workers, having beaten Lokomotiv twice in the current championship. Why not do this a third time, especially since we have to play at home. Our prediction is a victory for Torpedo, taking into account overtime and a shootout with odds of 1.82.

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