KHL standings 2012: Dynamo Moscow tops league

Paul Bereswill

There are tight races at the top of the standings in both conferences.

At the midpoint of the 2012-13 KHL regular season, Dynamo Moscow leads the Western Conference, while Traktor Chelyabinsk sits atop the Eastern. Both teams lead their respective divisions as well.

Eight teams in each division make the playoffs, so there is still a lot to be sorted out over the second half of the season.

Several KHL teams have received a boost from NHL players still waiting on a resolution to the lockout. Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin has helped Dynamo Moscow to its first place perch. Zdeno Chara, Pavel Datsyuk, Evgeni Malkin and Ilya Kovalchuk are just some of the NHL stars playing in the Russia-based league.

Here are the complete standings:

West

1. Dynamo Moscow* (55 points)
2. Lokomotiv Yaroslavl* (55)
3. SKA Saint Petersburg (53)
4. CSKA Moscow (49)
5. Severstal Cherepovets (39)
6. Slovan Bratislava (38)
7. Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (36)
8. Donbass Donetsk (33)
9. Lev Praha (32)
10. Dinamo Minsk (31)
11. Vityaz Chekhov (30)
12. Atlant Moscow Region (28)
13. Spartak Moscow (27)
14. Dinamo Riga (26)

East

1. Traktor Chelyabinsk* (53 points)
2. Avangard Omsk Region (50)
3. Metallurg Magnitogorsk (51)
4. Ak Bars Kazan (50)
5. Sibir Novosibirsk* (43)
6. Metallurg Novokuznetsk (40)
7. Salavat Yulaev Ufa (39)
8. Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk (38)
9. Barys Astana (35)
10. Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk (35)
11. Amur Khabarovsk (23)
12. Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (16)

* -- division leaders

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