This will be the most exciting Champions Hockey League round of games so far as three out of four games will be between undefeated teams. Three winners on Wednesday will either confirm or take over the group lead. Out of the eight playing teams, only Slovan Bratislava has so far lost a game.
The Champions Hockey League continues with four third-round games on Wednesday, October 29 (all starting times are listed CET). All the games will be broadcast live (see TV listings below) and the ZSC Lions Zurich vs. Slavia Prague game will also be streamed live on www.championshockeyleague.com.
The third-round games mark the midway point of the CHL Group Stage and all teams will stand at two games played after the Wednesday encounters.
Metallurg Magnitogorsk (RUS, 1W-0L) – Eisbären Berlin (GER, 1W-0L) 16.00 (in Magnitogorsk).
This will be the biggest challenge so far in the German club’s history. But Eisbären have an excellent record vs. Russian clubs in IIHF European club competition: 2W – 1T – 1L. The club's only loss against a Russian club was against Metallurg (5-1) in the semi-final of the 1999 European Hockey League.
Espoo Blues (FIN, 1W-0L) – HV71 Jönköping (SWE, 1W-0L) 19.30 (in Espoo).
The Nordic duel between the two undefeated clubs will determine which team will assume the role of the “team-to-beat” in Group B.
Slovan Bratislava (SVK, 0W-1L) – Salavat Yulayev Ufa (RUS, 1W-0L) 19.30 (in Bratislava).
The Slovakian champion has an opportunity to get back into contention, but for this to happen they must defeat the Russian champion, who was very impressive in their 7-1 win over Ceske Budejovice. Slovan’s head coach Zdeno Ciger resigned on Sunday.
ZSC Lions Zurich (SUI, 1W-0L) – Slavia Prague (CZE, 1W-0L) 19.30 (in Zurich).
The Lions are not only playing against a tough opponent, but also against history. A Swiss club has so far never defeated a Czech or Czechoslovakian team in any previous IIHF European club competition, dating back to 1982.
Broadcasters for Wednesday’s games:
Metallurg Magnitogorsk – Eisbären Berlin:
Broadcasters: Live: RTR (Russia), Eurosport 1 (Germany), Boom TV (Romania), Laola (Austria, live streaming).
Highlights: RTR, MTV3 Max (Finland), TVP (Poland), STV, 4net (Czech R.), Viasat, Sport3 (Sweden), Megasport (Ukraine), SNTV (News), EVS (News), Boom TV, Sport+ (France & Africa), ARD (Germany).
Espoo Blues – HV71 Jönköping:
Broadcasters: Live: MTV3 Max (Finland), Viasat, Sport3 (Sweden), Viasat Sport (Scandinavia and Baltic countries), Universal Sport (USA)
Highlights: MTV3, Megasport, CT 4 (Czech R.), TVP,STV, SNTV (News), EVS (News), 4net, Viasat, Sport3 (Sweden), Boom TV, RTR, Sport+ (France & Africa), SVT (Sweden, 90 seconds news).
Slovan Bratislava – Salavat Yulayev:
Broadcasters: Live: STV, TVP, CT4, RTR
Highlights: STV, MTV 3, TVP, CT4, 4net, Viasat (Sweden), Megasport, SNTV (News), EVS (News), Boom TV, RTR, Sport+ (France & Africa).
ZSC Lions – Slavia Prague:
Broadcasters: Live: CT4, 4net (live streaming in Czech Republic), championshockeyleague.com (internet stream, English commentary), Universal Sports (delayed, internet streaming, USA)
Highlights: CT4, 4net, MTV3, TVP, STV, 4net, Viasat (Sweden), Megasport, Tele Züri (Switzerland), SRG (TSI, TSR, SF, Switzerland), SNTV (News), EVS (News), Boom TV, RTR, Sport+ (France & Africa), The Score Network (Canada, delayed).
Go to championshockeyleague.com for latest news and team updates and the clubs in all four groups. Click here to see the 25-man rosters prior to the games. Click here for the on-ice officials assignments for the Wednesday’s games.