Lokomotiv Yaroslavl enters the KHL playoffs hampered by the absence of top scorer Sergei Plotnikov, who has been suspended for fighting.

Lokomotiv made the playoffs at the first attempt since reforming after an air crash wiped out the entire roster in September 2011.

Tom Rowe's team starts its Western Conference quarterfinal series against Severstal Cherepovets on home ice on Wednesday, but must cope without Plotnikov, a key player who racked up 30 points in the regular season.

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