JYP-5 @ SaiPa 4 (SO)
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-3-0, 0 SO, 3.10 GAA, .888 sv%
Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper in JYP's 5-4 shootout win over SaiPa. JYP faces Karpat next on Saturday.
Cherepovets 0 @ Novgorod 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 21/23, 3.00 GAA, .875 sv%
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-2-0, 0 SO, 2.60 GAA, .917 sv%
Ex-Lightning draft pick Ruslan Zainullin scored to lead Novgorod to a 3-0 win over Cherepovets. Severstal faces Dynamo Riga next on Friday.
CSKA 3 @ Novokuznetsk 1
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
Nikita Kucherov's scoring streak ended a 1 game after he went scoreless in 7:02 of ice time in CSKA's 3-1 win over Novokuznetsk. The forward is averaging 8:36 of ice time per game through 9 games this season. CSKA draws Khabarovsk next on Thursday.
Linkopings 2 @ Lulea 3
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 4-2-6, +2, 0 PIM
Sami Sandell beat ex-Lightning draft pick Fredrik Norrena midway through the third period to life Lulea to a 3-2 win over Linkopings. Lulea faces Brynas on Thursday.
CSKA 3 @ Novosibirsk 1
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
Finally! Something good happens for Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov! The young sniper assisted on a Dmitri Monya third period goal in 9:05 of ice time in CSKA's 3-1 win over Novosibirsk. It was Kucherov's first point of the season. CSKA gets Novokuznetsk next on Tuesday.
JYP 5 @ HIFK 2
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 0-3-0, 0 SO, 3.10 GAA, .888 sv%
Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper in JYP's 5-2 thumping of HIFK. HIFK features former Lightning draft picks Eero Somervuori and Erikki Rajamaki, who were both scoreless in the match. JYP leaps out of the basement over 3 teams into 11th on the SM-liiga table with the win. They face SaiPa on Tuesday.
Spartak Moscow 2 @ CSKA 1 (SO)
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
Why do I hate it when 18 year old Russians stay in the KHL rather than coming to North America to develop? This is why. Nikita Kucherov was scoreless and -1 in a sparing 4:59 of ice time in CSKA's 2-1 shootout loss to Spartak. Young players need to play to get better. Period. CSKA faces Novosibirsk next on Sunday. Here's hoping Kucherov actually gets some ice time.
MHL (Russia Jr.):
Chelyabinsk Jr. 5 @ Togliatti Jr. 6 (SO)
Nikita Nesterov. Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 4-4-8, +10, 10 PIM
Nikita Nesterov was scoreless in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 6-5 shootout loss to Togliatti Jr. Chelyabinsk Jr. plays Yaroslavl Jr. next Friday.
Dynamo Riga 5 @ CSKA 3
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Nikita Kucherov had a rough 6:57 of ice time in CSKA's 5-3 loss to Riga. Ex-Lightning camper Niklas Persson had a pair of assists in the loss for CSKA. CSKA plays Spartak Moscow on Friday.
Chelyabinsk Jr. 5 @ Orenburg 7
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr. 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 4-4-8, +10, 10 PIM
Nikita Nesterov had a shorthanded assist, but was an uncustomary -2 today in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 7-5 loss to Orenburg. Chelyabinsk Jr. draws Ufa Jr. on Tuesday.
JYP 1 @ Pelicans 3
Riku Helenius, JYP, Loss, 27/30, 3.09 GAA, .900 sv%
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-2-0, 0 SO, 3.10 GAA, .887 sv%
The good news is Riku Helenius has started the season in a tandem situation for JYP in the SM-liiga. The bad news is he's still looking for his first win after falling 3-1 to Lahti today. Ex-Lightning player Eric Perrin had a helper on JYP's only goal. JYP faces Blues Espoo tomorrow.
CSKA 3 @ Poprad 2
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
CSKA overcame a goal by ex-NHLer Ladislav Nagy to defeat Slovakian-based Poprad 3-2. Nikita Kucherov played 8:11 in the match. Ex-Lightning prospect Vladimir Mihalik was -1 in 17:24 on the blueline for Poprad. CSKA faces Dynamo Riga on Sunday.
MHL (Russia Jr.)
Chelyabinsk Jr. 7 @ Nizhnekamsk Jr. 3
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 4-3-7, +12, 10 PIM
Nikita Nesterov may be cooling off offensively, after back-to-back scoreless games, but he did run his +/- to +12 in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 7-3 shellacking of Nizhnekamsk Jr. Chelyabinsk Jr. draws Orenburg on Sunday.