HC Plzen vs Zlin
Competition: Czech Extraliga
Date: 9th November 2016
Kick-off: 17:30 CET
Two sides chasing the ‘pity playoff’ spots meet tonight in Pilsen, as HC Plzen host Zlin. The sides sit 12 and 11 respectively in the Extraliga, with Plzen able to catch their rivals with a win – however they have played two more games than Zlin.
Plzen were one of the in-form sides in the Extraliga before going down 8-5 in Brno in the last game before the break. Having replaced their coaching staff, the Indians won three straight to climb away from the two sides below them a little bit. Their league record is still poor though, with only four wins and 11 losses overall from 18 matches, but it’s better than it was. A couple of new faces have also joined the team of late giving them a renewed energy.
Zlin just haven’t been consistent enough this season and as such find themselves lower than some of their wins would suggest they should be. Winning their opening two, they then lost three on the spin before a streak of four wins in five moved them up again. However with only one victory in their last five, they’ve slid down the table again to where they are now.
Plzen have won their last two home games, their first regulation wins of the season after just one OT win in seven attempts before that. Those last two have been won by a combined score of 5-2, however their bad start sees them conceding an average of over 3,6 a game while scoring only 2,6.
Zlin have just two wins from eight road trips so far in the Extraliga, although have lost the last three straight. They’ve been ok scoring with an average of 3 a game, but at the other end they concede over four a game, and have had some particularly big losses this season too.
HC Plzen vs Zlin: Head-to-Head
One of Plzen’s few wins came in Zlin earlier this season, with a 2-1 regulation win. Last season Zlin had a bit of a hold on HC Skoda, who were also a much better team overall, winning 3 out of 4. Their recent record in Plzen isn’t great though, with one win from the last four.
HC Plzen vs Zlin: Prediction
Plzen to win this one – they’ve looked a lot better under new coaching so far.
HC Plzen vs Zlin: Tips
- Plzen win at 2.00