SKA from St. Petersburg and Ak Bars Kazan are this season's finalists for the Gagarin Cup. Two-time KHL champions Ak Bars beat Sibir 4-1 in the Eastern Conference finals series. SKA, on the other hand, had to fight a lot longer in the Western Conference finals to go further. They beat CSKA in game seven (4-3 series).
In the two seasons the Bears have spent in the KHL, they played against Ak Bars three times (twice in '13-14, and once in '14-15), and six times against SKA (twice in '13-14, and four times in '14-15). They beat Ak Bars once in '13-14 in Dom Sportova's Ice Hall with 6:5, and then lost the other two games in Kazan with 4:2 and 5:3. Medvescak also beat the team from St. Petersburg once in the Ice Hall in their debut season with 4:3 in a shootout. SKA won the other five games, twice in Zagreb (1:5, 0:5), and three in St. Petersburg (5:2, 5:2, 3:0).
The team from Kazan has won the Gagarin cup twice since the KHL was formed in 2008-09. The first time was in '08-09, and then they defended it the following season. SKA, one of the KHL's most expensive teams, hasn't won the cup a single time yet, and these are even their first Gagarin finals.
The Gagarin finals series begins April 11th and plays best of four games. The first KHL finals game will be played in Kazan.