Salavat Yulaev has a streak of five victorious matches. Will Ak Bars manage to outplay its rival at a party on February 18? – the answer lies in the predictions of our experts.
The team from Ufa played the last match on 7 February. Then “Salavat Yulaev” left no chances for “Amur” on their ice (4: 0). So Tomi Lämsä’s charges extended the winning streak to five meetings.
Before that, the team twice defeated Amur away (3: 1 and 2: 1), and also upset Barys away (3: 2 OT) and at home with Dinamo Riga (5: 4 B). In the standings of the East, “Salavat Yulaev” rose to the fourth line.
Due to injuries, the hosts of the upcoming game lost their strikers Mikhail Vorobyov and Danil Bashkirov.
Kazan, unlike their rival, have already played one game after a break. On February 15, Ak Bars outplayed Dynamo Riga (4: 3). So Dmitry Kvartalnov’s team was rehabilitated for an unsuccessful match in Magnitogorsk, where it was defeated by Metallurg (0: 3).
The team from Kazan is confidently holding the leading position in the Eastern Conference, having an advantage over Avangard by eight points.
The leopards went to the match in Ufa without injured players.
It’s hard to pick out an obvious favorite in this derby. Longer rest speaks in favor of “Salavat Yulaev”. But on the other hand, “Ak Bars” managed to feel the rhythm of the game and is clearly in good shape, which was shown by the away match in Riga. In the last home games, the Ufa team allowed too much of their opponents at their goal. In our opinion, guests who will be closer to the final victory may well take advantage of this.
Our prediction is that Ak Bars will not lose with odds of 1.60.