HV71 vs Karlskrona
Competition: Swedish Hockey League
Date: 23rd November 2016
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
Two teams in desperate need of a win meet Wednesday night in Jonkoping as both HV71 and Karlskrona look to turn around bad recent runs.
HV71 have fallen off the wagon somewhat since their embarrassing 5-0 defeat, and elimination, to Sparta Prague in the CHL. The team have only won two of five games since then, and have tumbled out of the league’s Top Six automatic play-off places. Before then the side were losing one game every three or so matches, but now go into this match on the back of two straight defeats in which they’ve only scored one goal. To date, their season record stands at 9-1-2-6, giving them 31 points from 18 rounds.
On the other hand, Karlskrona have fallen back from challenging for top spot in the league after a run of four defeats in their last five matches. Before beating Leksands two games ago, Karlskrona had lost three on the bounce for the first time this season. More worrying though is that in their last five games, they’ve only scored three goals – and conceded eight. With 36 points from 19 games, Karlskrona are six points off top and have a record of 11-1-1-6.
At home this season, HV71 are a top four side having returned 18 points from 9 games. With six regulation wins and three defeats, the team have only lost one of their last five games in Jonkoping. On their own ice, HV71 average almost 4 goals a game, while conceding 2,2.
Karlskrona are the best road side in the SHL, with an impressive 21 points from 10 games away from home. They won 6 of them in regulation and lost only 2 without taking a point, and have lost only one of the last five. It has also been over a month since Karlskrona lost on the road in regulation. Scoring an average of 2,1 goals a game on the road, the team concedes 1,5 on average each away game.
HV71 vs Karlskrona: Head-to-Head
A month ago the sides played in Jonkoping, which coincidentally was Karlskrona’s last regulation road defeat – 4-1. The sides have only played three times since Karlskrona were promoted to the SHL, with HV71 winning two of them.
HV71 vs Karlskrona: Prediction
HV71 should be the favorites for this, but Karlskrona are good away – even despite their recent form being not the best.
HV71 vs Karlskrona: Tips
- Karlskrona+1 at 1.85