A match of the regular VHL championship season 2023-2024 is set to start, where bitter rivals from different halves of the league table will face each other. Fans of Russian Ice Hockey can anticipate an exciting clash between St. Petersburg's Dynamo and Metallurg.
The players from St. Petersburg have taken part in 51 official matches of the regular VHL championship 2023-2024 season. With 67 points from 51 matches, Dynamo occupies the 7th spot on the championship table. The 2023-2024 season has not been without its challenges for Dynamo, pushing them to show their true characters.
For a while, the white-blues were out of the top 20 and many pundits were ready to dismiss them after the first stage. Dynamo's renaissance happened towards the New Year holidays when the St. Petersburg club moved into the top 16, and now stands at position 7. Dynamo has been delivering excellent results in recent matches, winning 4 out of 5 games. Their only defeat was against Ryazan.
Novokuznetsk's Metallurg have played 53 official matches in the regular VHL championship 2023-2024 season. With 59 points from 53 matches, this allows them to hold the 15th spot in the league standings. Last season, Metallurg was a force to be reckoned with, vying for the regular championship and the Petrov Cup.
The red-blacks clinched a bronze in last year's Petrov Cup, but now they risk not advancing to the second stage of the championship. Currently, Metallurg stands at the 15th place, leading Gorniak by 2 points from the 17th position. Metallurg's recent form has been rather feeble with 5 defeats on the trot.
In the 17 matches Metallurg and Dynamo squared off, St. Petersburg’s Dynamo claimed 11 victories while Metallurg triumphed in 6 encounters.
The Individual Total Over (ITO) prediction for Metallurg is more than 2 goals.
Dynamo will win in regular time. The white-blues are steadily gaining points at a good pace in the tournament, while Metallurg, with 5 straight defeats, are hanging on in the race for the Petrov Cup thanks solely to their rivals' errors.