Eisbaren Berlin vs Straubing Tigers
Date: 30th November 2016
Kick-off: 19:30 CET
Berlin, one behind the top six, face Straubing who are just one place above last in the DEL Wednesday night.
After a poor run that had seen them drop out of the top six and well down the league table, the Eisbaren have got back to winning ways of late and are now on the charge to climb back up the standings. Two points short of Wolfsburg just above them, the Eisbaren will have played at least a game more than the sides around them after tonight. Berlin have won four of their last five games since that losing run, and go into this match two undefeated by an aggregate score of 8-0. Overall, the capital city side have a record of 11-1-1-10 so far this season.
Thirteenth placed Straubing are only three pints away from being the last placed team, and are on a winless run stretching back to 13 November. Since then they’ve lost six straight, and while they’ve picked up three points in those matches with OT losses, the Tigers have slowly dropped further behind the race for the top ten. A season record of 6-1-3-12 is their performance to date.
Berlin are one of the best home teams in the league, beaten to that record only by Mannheim by a point. It’s lucky, because road form is the main reason that they’re not higher in the league. With seven regulation wins out of 11 games in the Mercedes Benz Arena, the Eisbaren have taken 23 points on their own ice. At home, Berlin are scoring over 3 goals a game, while giving up just over 2.
Straubing are the joint-worst road team in the DEL, having picked up only six points in 11 games so far this season – two wins, meaning nine losses. It’s been three games since the Tigers got a road win, losing their last two by a combined score of 9-1. On average, the Tigers concede 4 goals a game on the road, while score only 2,1 themselves.
Eisbaren Berlin vs Straubing Tigers: Head-to-Head
Both meetings beteen the teams have ended 5-2 so far this season, and both were won by the home team. The Eisbaren won their home match in September, while Straubing were victorious on their ice just over a month ago. The Tigers have not won in Berlin since October 2013.
Eisbaren Berlin vs Straubing Tigers: Prediction
Berlin are the clear favouites here, having appeared to have got back on form and coming up against a side that can’t buy a win let alone a road one.
Eisbaren Berlin vs Straubing Tigers: Tips
- Eisbaren -1 at 1.80