IFK Helsinki vs Linkoping HC
Competition: Champions Hockey League
Date: 8th November 2016
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
A very tight game a week ago in Sweden means the sides head to Helsinki level, after the Finns equalized in the middle of the third period.
IFK were in exactly the same situation in the last round, returning to home ice level against TPS – and eventually beat them in a shootout after the match finished tied on the night too. IFK have been indifferent in the CHL, having only overcome Danish side Esbjerg to get through – but then knocking out their Liiga rivals in the last round.
Linkoping were unbeaten in the CHL until losing at home to Davos in the Round of 32, and have now lost two in the spin in Europe given the defeat in Bern last week. That suggests they struggle against teams from Switzerland, however they had won 7-4 in Davos previous to their home loss.
On their own ice, IFK have averaged three goals a game so far, while giving up around 2,7 across three games. Take out the shutout of the Danish team though, and they’ve given up four a game against ‘better’ opposition. They’ve only won two of five at home in the Liiga so far.
Linkoping aren’t shy of scoring away from home, having averaged over four goals a game on the road so far. They’ve let in just over one a game, but have had a win in Finland already in JYP, to add to the victory in Davos – both good victories on the road. With four wins from seven away in the SHL, Linkoping are one of the form road teams in the SHL.
IFK Helsinki vs Linkoping HC: Head-to-Head
A draw last week in the CHL, however the sides met last season with Linkoping wining both games; 2-1 in Helsinki and 2-0 at home.
IFK Helsinki vs Linkoping HC: Prediction
This really could go either way, although IFK have been better domestically than Linkoping so far. Given that it’s level on aggregate, it’s probably tempting to back Linkoping as they offer more return in the pre-game odds.
IFK Helsinki vs Linkoping HC: Tips
- Linkoping+(0) AH at 2.10
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