Continental Hockey League regular season 2023/2024. Third match of the day and another attempt by Tolyatti's Lada to outplay the conference leader. Previously, they beat the leader of the East, but now, the Western leader in the form of Dynamo Moscow is in town.
Everyone expected Lada to collapse, especially with three leading attackers absent. Yet, following a pause, they played four matches, won two of them and lost one in overtime. Notably, they outplayed Magnitogorsk, the conference leader. Structuralising the strength, Lada is in fourth position in the Eastern conference, with 55 points from 45 matches. Their attack strategy, with only 113 goals, ranks sixth in the conference, whereas, tackling 110 goals against, is ranked seventh.
Dynamo has slipped to the second position in the West. Though they have a match in hand and lead Spartak in terms of losses, they already conceded to Lokomotiv. To regain the first position, Dynamo should minimise point losses. After the pause, Dynamo had four matches, won three and lost one to SKA St. Petersburg. With 62 points from 44 matches, Dynamo secures the second place in the standings, parallelly, they rank second in goals scored – 136, and fifth in goals conceded – 106.
In their 11 matches against each other, Tolyatti's Lada has taken five, whereas Moscow's Dynamo led in six encounters. This season, Dynamo outplayed Lada with a score of 5:4 in overtime.
Dynamo Moscow as the favourite with an odds of 2.02. Against this, Lada's victory has been listed for 3.40. Considering all, Dynamo's win looks quite favourable even though Lada showcased excellent performance in the last match.
If you are not sure about Dynamo and believe that Lada’s victory over Magnitogorsk is just the beginning, you can consider TO (4.5) for 1.86. Both teams have a good track record in goal scoring and receiving, hence combining five goals from both ends could be a feasible reality.