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2012 KHL standings: Dynamo Moscow, Traktor Chelyabinsk lead the way

The KHL regular season is in full swing.

John E. Sokolowski-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

With the Kontinental Hockey League regular season about a third of the way through, Alex Ovechkin and Dynamo Moscow are atop the Western Conference standings, while Traktor Chelyabinsk is first in the East. Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov plays for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, and that team is second in the West.

The Tampa Bay Lightning also have a player staying sharp in the KHL while the NHL labor dispute continues -- Victor Hedman is with Barys Astana, which is in fifth place in the East.

Several prominent NHL players have headed over to the KHL, including Zdeno Chara, Evgeni Malkin, Ilya Bryzgalov, Ilya Kovalchuk, Pavel Datsyuk and the aforementioned Ovechkin.

The current KHL standings are listed below. The top eight teams in each conference make the postseason.

Western Conference
1. Dynamo Moscow (35 points)
2. Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (32)
3. SKA Saint Petersburg (31)
4. CSKA Moscow (28)
5. Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (25)
6. Slovan Bratislava (25)
7. Lev Praha (24)
8. Atlant Moscow Region (24)
9. Severstal Cherepovets (22)
10. Vityaz Chekhov (22)
11. Spartak Moscow (19)
12. Donbass Donetsk (19)
13. Dinamo Minsk (18)
14. Dinamo Riga (17)

Eastern Conference
1. Traktor Chelyabinsk (31 points)
2. Sibir Novosibirsk (29)
3. Ak Bars Kazan (29)
4. Metallurg Magnitogorsk (28)
5. Barys Astana (26)
6. Avangard Omsk Region (26)
7. Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk (25)
8. Salavat Yulaev Ufa (24)
9. Metallurg Novokuznetsk (23)
10. Amur Khabarovsk (19)
11. Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk (17)
12. Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (12)

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