Cherepovets 2 @ Mytischi 1 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 34/35, 0.92 GAA, .971 sv%
Season totals: 7 GP, 5-2-1, 0 SO, 2.26 GAA, .932 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin made 34 saves in regulation and OT before stopping 3 of 5 shooters in Cherepovets' 2-1 shootout win over Mytischi. Koshechkin stopped ex-Lightning d-man Janne Niskala twice in the shootout. Ex-Lightning draft picks Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in the match for Mytischi. Cherepovets draws Chekhov and man/myth/legend Nick Tarnasky on Wednesday.
CSKA 2 @ St. Petersburg 3 (SO)
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
Nikita Kucherov's stint in the MHL lasted 1 game, as he returned to the KHL team today and was scoreless in 5:14 of ice time in CSKA's 3-2 shootout loss to St. Petersburg. Ex-Lightning pick Fedor Fedorov scored the winning shot in the penalty shot session for SKA. CSKA has a rematch with St. Petersburg on Wednesday.
MHL (Russia Jr.):
Novgorod Jr. 1 @ Chelyabinsk Jr. 2
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 4-4-8, +11, 10 PIM
Nikita Nesterov did his best to stop his recent scoring slump, bombing away for 6 shots on goal, but he was held off the scoresheet in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 2-1 loss to Novgorod Jr. Chelyabinsk Jr. draws Kazan Jr. 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.
Hanty-Mansiysk 2 @ Cherepovets 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 29/31, 2.00 GAA, .935 sv%
Season totals: 4 GP, 3-1-0, 0 SO, 2.51 GAA, .924 sv%
Vadim Shipachev had a hat trick to lead Cherepovets to a 4-2 win over Yugra.
Lukko 4 @ JYP 1
Riku Helenius, JYP, Loss, 24/27, 3.09 GAA, .889 sv%
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-3-0, 0 SO, 3.10 GAA, .888 sv%
Ex-NHL first rounder Kris Beech had a goal in Lukko's 4-1 win over JYP. Riku Helenius and JYP are now languishing in last place on the SM-liiga table. JYP faces Assat on Thursday.
MHL (Russia Jr.)
Chelyabinsk Jr. 3 @ Ufa Jr. 1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-4-8, +11, 10 PIM
Nikita Nesterov's mini-cold streak continues, from an offensive standpoint, but he got back on the plus side of the ledger in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 3-1 victory over Ufa Jr. Chelyabinsk Jr. gets Togliatti's junior team on Friday.
Farjestads 0 @ Lulea 2
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-2-5, +2, 0 PIM
Minnesota Wild draft pick Johan Gustafsson had an 18 save shutout in Lulea's 2-0 win over Farjestads. Lulea faces AIK on Thursday.
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.