On February 16, Barys and Avangard will play in the Kontinental Hockey League. We assessed the teams’ chances of winning and offered our prediction for this game.
The sluggishness of the opponents in the lower part of the standings of the East allowed Barys to guarantee in advance his participation in the playoffs. Having gained 62 points, the squad of Yuri Mikhailis took the intermediate eighth place.
The club from Nur-Sultan can still throw out Avtomobilist from the seventh line, which came off only by one point with an equal number of matches. Before the break, Barys did not take points in Magnitogorsk, losing to Metallurg (2:3). Prior to that, the Kazakh team had a guest victory over Siberia (3:2).
The Omsk team improved significantly in the final part of the regular season. At the moment, the winning streak of the team consists of four matches, and in each of them the “hawks” took over their opponents in regulation time.
It all started with a home match with Lokomotiv (4: 2), from which Bob Hartley’s men took revenge for the defeat in Yaroslavl. Then “Avangard” did not experience any problems in home games with Minsk “Dynamo” (3:1), “Neftekhimik” (4:2) and Riga “Dynamo” (5:1).
The class and recruitment of performers for the participants of this meeting is certainly different. Before the start of the playoffs, Avangard will try to keep themselves in good shape, so the guests will definitely not play relaxed in this meeting. Barys, having solved the problem of reaching the playoffs, noticeably slowed down. In our opinion, guests will be closer to winning this game.
Our prediction is that Avangard will win with a handicap (0) for an odds of 1.80.