Traktor Chelyabinsk vs. Salavat Ufa Prediction, Tips & Odds – Mar. 25, 2022
Things have taken a strange course in Russian KHL hockey after the crisis started in Ukraine. A lot of foreign players have left their teams because of the international policies and Salavat Ufa wasn´t spared of the same fate. Currently, they are trying to keep up with Traktor Chelyabinsk in the playoffs quarter-final, but after their latest heavy defeat, it seems they are starting to falter with the series being tied at 2:2.
Traktor still has more or less the strongest lineup they were using throughout the majority of this season. They had one of their best ever KHL seasons finishing second in their conference as they will look to repeat their biggest success from 2013 when they ended as runners-up losing in the playoffs final. Before this quarter-final, they had to dispose of Niznekamsk in the round of 16 and had no major problems achieving a clean 4:0 sweep. Third-placed Ufa from their conference was always going to be a much bigger challenge but with the recent events, Traktor were handed a golden opportunity to make their way to the semi-final.
More players have left Salavat Yulaev Ufa & Sibir Novosibirsk ahead of their KHL playoff matchup.
Markus Granlund* 🇫🇮
Teemu Hartikainen 🇫🇮
Philip Larsen 🇩🇰
Sakari Manninen 🇫🇮
Juha Metsola 🇫🇮
Geoff Platt* 🇧🇾🇨🇦
Jyrki Jokipakka 🇫🇮
Harri Säteri 🇫🇮
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Ufa always had an affinity for Finnish players and even handed co-captaincy to their legendary forward Teemu Hartikainen. He, along with all other imports including other Finnish players Juha Metsola, Markus Granlund, and Sakari Manninen, left the team at the start of the playoffs. The current political situation dismantled Ufa´s roster so they basically had to rebuild their team from scratch for this postseason.
Using their experience and home-ice advantage they managed to overcome Sibir in the round of 16 with a solid 4:1 series win, but Traktor is a much more demanding opponent. Currently the series is tied at 2:2 but the team from Chelyabinsk has clearly had the upper hand. They failed to score a single goal in the series opener at home losing 1:0 probably not being used to playing against an all-Russian lineup. They quickly adjusted and tied the series with a convincing 4:1 win but then once again suffered a setback away from home losing 3:1.
However, in the last game, there was no more hiding as Ufa finally succumbed to their problems and woes. They suffered one of their biggest ever home defeats losing heavily by 7:1 in front of their fans. Traktor had no mercy for their decimated lineup and notched an emphatic win that could act very demoralizing for Ufa.
Traktor Chelyabinsk vs Salavat Ufa Prediction
Ufa now travels to Chelyabinsk where they will be awaited by a very motivated and much better Traktor team. They could give the home team one last run for their money but overall we think they won´t be able to survive the onslaught.
Pick: 1×2 – 1
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