The program of the next game day of the Kontinental Hockey League regular championship will close in Nur-Sultan. The local Barys will host Metallurg Magnitogorsk.
Kazakhstanis have not yet managed to gain a foothold in the playoff zone firmly. Yes, they have several matches in reserve, but their recent results are alarming. Last week Barys started with a devastating away defeat from Lokomotiv (2-7), after which they beat Neftekhimik (2-1) on the road. Last Sunday, Yuri Mikhailis lost at home to Minsk Dynamo (1-4).
Metallurg has been doing even worse lately. The team cannot regain its former shape after the quarantine. The Foxes managed to go to the break in the championship in high spirits, confidently beating the strong Traktor at home (4-1), thus breaking the 3-match defeat series. However, after the national teams’ matches, Ilya Vorobyov’s team lost both away games, to Traktor (1-2 OT) and to Sibir (2-3).
Barys – Metallurg Mg prediction
After a pause in the championship, Barys had problems with using their scoring chances. It will be tough to correct them in the match with Metallurg because Vasily Koshechkin returned to Magnitogorsk’s goal. Again, he must turn Magnitogorsk into one of the most reliable teams in the league, which it was before the quarantine. Our prediction is Magnitogorsk to win within the regulation and low match totals.