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See all events on December 24 at the Championship Match Center

The time in the material is in Moscow. The program in summary:

???? 3:00: Washington Capitals – Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL regular season ???? 3:00: Columbus Blue Jackets – Toronto Maple Leafs, NHL regular season ???? 3:00: Ottawa Senators – Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL regular season NHL ???? 3:00: Indiana Pacers – Orlando Magic, NBA regular season ???? 3:30: New York Rangers – Buffalo Sabers, NHL regular season ???? 4:00: Oklahoma City Thunder – Los Angeles Lakers, regular season the NBA ???? 6:00: Sacramento Kings – Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA regular season ???? 10:30: Cross-country skiing. Russian Cup, fourth stage. Skiathlon, women, men ???? 14:00: Avangard – Metallurg MG, KHL regular championship ???? 14:00: Zenit – Lokomotiv-Kuban, EL regular season ⚽️ 16:00: Wolverhampton – “Chelsea”, Premier League, round 18 ???? 16 :30: “Lada” – “Avtomobilist”, KHL regular championship ???? ???? 16:30: “Dynamo M” – “Zenit-Kazan”, Russian Cup (m), final ⚽️ 19:00: Fenerbahce – Galatasaray, Super League , round 18

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???? 3:00: Washington Capitals – Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL regular season

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Intrigue: Will Tampa return to the playoff zone?

Incredible competition in the East: third place is separated from ninth by only three points! Tampa, which in recent years has become accustomed to the Stanley Cup not being held without it, is left out of the Cup eight. Washington, which has already won three in a row, will stand in their way in the next game. The Capitals, unlike their next opponents, are still in the top eight. Which competitor for a playoff spot will be stronger?

Alexander Ovechkin finally broke his scoring streak:


Finally! Ovechkin scores his 900th NHL goal, ending a terrible streak and launching a Hull legend

???? 3:00: Columbus Blue Jackets – Toronto Maple Leafs, NHL regular season

Intrigue: Will Ilya Samsonov get another chance?

The Russian goalkeeper of the Leafs probably wants to forget the previous game as if it were a nightmare: in the middle of the match he lost five Buffalo goals and was replaced by Martin Jones, who, in general, did not surpass his colleague much. In Ontario, Samsonov’s abilities are increasingly doubted and Ilya may leave the Maple Leafs in the near future. Will he play the game against his unstoppable compatriots from Colón?

Ilya, alas, sets anti-records:

Samsonov has the worst save percentage among Toronto goaltenders since 1989

???? 3:00: Ottawa Senators – Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL regular season

Intrigue: when will Pittsburgh wake up?

All the ambitions of the “Penguins”, expressed before the start of the season, have so far been crushed by harsh reality: the team of Crosby and Malkin is still far beyond the playoffs, periodically surprising their fans with matches like 0:7 with Toronto. However, Pittsburgh is now on a two-game winning streak and their next opponent will be the worst team in the East. Should we expect another win from the Penguins or will they find a way to “surprise” the fans again?

Malkin is very underrated:

“I’m angry”. Three Russians at once are among the most underrated hockey players in NHL history

???? 3:00: Indiana Pacers – Orlando Magic, NBA regular season

Intrigue: who will win in a confrontation between two young top-level teams?

After 27 regular season games, the Orlando Magic sit in fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings. The team has a very young squad, but it is already proving its worth in the League. The Indiana Pacers have slowed down a bit after losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in the intraseason tournament finals, but they remain a formidable force on offense. Who will be stronger in the match between two big clubs from the East?

On Haliburton’s progress:

There is progress. Top 5 players who improved a lot in the new NBA season

???? 3:30: New York Rangers – Buffalo Sabres, NHL regular season

Intrigue: Will Artemi Panarin start a new scoring streak at home?

Unfortunately, in the game against Edmonton, Artemy Panarin’s scoring streak in home matches since the beginning of the season was interrupted: the Russian stopped at 13 games, showing the second result in the club’s history and remaining only two record steps. . He is currently tied for fifth in the NHL scoring race with Boston’s David Pastrnak. A meeting with Buffalo, which does not please with stability and reliable defense, is an excellent opportunity for Panarin to replenish his personal account.

Artemy could expand the series:


Referees did not count Panarin’s goal in Rangers’ game against Edmonton

???? 4:00: Oklahoma City Thunder – Los Angeles Lakers, NBA regular season

Intrigue: will the Lakers break their losing streak?

After winning the intraseason tournament, the Los Angeles Lakers struggled to win the regular season. The team has only won one game in the last six played, while it is on a four-game losing streak. The Oklahoma City Thunder, on the other hand, have been doing well lately and have won three games in a row. Can Darwin Ham’s team finally win?

Fun Fact:


LeBron James is older than three NBA coaches. True sporting longevity!

???? 6:00: Sacramento Kings – Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA regular season

Intrigue: what will the battle between the best and the fourth team in the Western Conference be like?

The NBA regular season is gaining momentum and the Minnesota Timberwolves have long been atop the Western Conference standings. The Minneapolis club has almost no losses this season, but at the same time it plays with less confidence away from home than at home. The Sacramento Kings, after a weak start, had a great last stretch and, despite several defeats, are showing a high-quality level of basketball. Can the “kings” resist the formidable “wolves”?

Kings guard moment:


Keegan Murray becomes the youngest player with 12+ triples in an NBA game

???? 10:30: Ski races. Russian Cup, fourth stage. Skiathlon, women, men

Intrigue: Will Bolshunov achieve his twelfth consecutive victory?

Alexander Bolshunov’s “golden” streak in the Russian Cup continues. The boldest assume that the best skier in the country will not give up a single race on the national stage to his rivals, although San Sanych himself is very careful with such predictions. Be that as it may, he can finish December without defeat: Bolshunov is always good at skiathlon, even in the fight against the Norwegians. Well, in the women’s race it will be interesting to see if anyone can beat Veronica Stepanova.

Bolshunov is so cool that he can’t run at full strength:

Bolshunov could destroy his opponents in the sprint. But he didn’t even have to do that.

???? 14:00: Avangard – Metallurg MG, KHL regular championship

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Intrigue: who will be stronger in the battle of the Eastern leaders?

The match in Omsk promises to be intense: the leaders of the Eastern Conference will meet in Siberia. Both Avangard and Metallurg now have 57 points, while the Hawks have two games in reserve against their future opponents. Andrei Razin’s team needs to inflict a home defeat on the Omsk team to not let them lead.

Interview with the leader of Vanguardia:


“I want to stay in Avangard.” We can take the Cup.” Interview with the best foreign player in the KHL

???? 14:00: “Zenit” – “Lokomotiv-Kuban”, regular season EL

Intrigue: will Zenit make amends for the defeat against Lokomotiv-Kuban?

The teams already faced each other in the first round match of the VTB United League regular season. So Lokomotiv-Kuban turned out to be slightly stronger than Zenit with 69:67. But now the match will be played at the home stadium in Saint Petersburg, where they have only lost three games this season. Therefore, the guests from Krasnodar will find it very difficult to open the defense of the home team. Who will win the battle for third place in the VTB United League standings?

Interview with the Zenit legionnaire:


“At the beginning of the season, Zenit was lazy and overconfident.” Interview with Kyle Kuric

⚽️ 16:00: Wolverhampton – Chelsea, Premier League, matchday 18

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Intrigue: Will Chelsea start a winning streak?

Chelsea cannot find stability for the second consecutive season. The Londoners occupy tenth place in the standings and are barely competing for a place in the Champions League. But reaching as high as possible is a necessary task. This season, Chelsea have only won two games in a row once. Now, this can happen if the Londoners beat Wolverhampton. Wolves are just three points behind Chelsea and will catch Pochettino’s team if they win. Will the Londoners be strong enough to defeat the Wolves?

Chelsea expressed a clear position on the Super League:

Which clubs are for and against the Super League? Europe’s reaction to the project is almost unequivocal

???? 16:30: Lada – Avtomobilist, KHL regular championship

Intrigue: Will Lada again be among the top three leaders in the East?

One of the main discoveries of this season is still quite high in the table: Lada is in fourth place in the East, ahead of, for example, the Gagarin Cup finalists Ak Bars. If the Tolyatti team beats Avtomobilist to their place, which, it seems, is closer to relegation from the top eight than to climbing into the top 4, then it will oust Salavat and rise to the top three in its conference.

Interview with a Lada legionnaire:


“Play in the KHL or the Slovak national team? The choice is obvious.” Interview with Lada’s defender.

???? ???? 16:30: Dynamo M – Zenit-Kazan, Russian Cup (m), final

Intrigue: who will win the last cup this year?

It was these great clubs that played for the last trophies of Russian volleyball: Zenit won the championship and the Super Cup, Dynamo won the Centennial Cup. Konstantin Bryansky’s team bought the right to host the final, and with good reason: things are not going well in the regular season lately and Alexei Verbov’s boys are only just picking up the pace.

Romanas Shkulevicius – about the victory over Zenit Kazan, God and plans for the new season:


“A Russian gives his all in national team matches.” Interview with the hero of the Centenario Cup

⚽️ 19:00: Fenerbahce – Galatasaray, Super League, matchday 18

Intrigue: will the main Turkish derby end in horror?

Fenerbahce – Galatasaray: the main Turkish derby. The level of hate in this confrontation is off the charts. Fans of the visiting team will not be able to attend games in other stadiums to avoid problems. But the confrontations between Fener and Galatasaray fans occur before the games. Considering the brutal things that have happened in the Turkish Super League over the last month (the president hits the referee, the teams fight on the field), the upcoming match presents a high degree of danger. Adding to the “fire” is the fact that Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray share first place after 16 rounds. We are waiting for a great game, but don’t let your emotions overflow!

Will Cherchesov soon lead the best Turkish club?

Cherchesov is a candidate for the best Turkish club. But the team is drowning in problems.


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