Jukurit vs Hameenlinna PK
Competition: Finland Hockey Liiga
Date: 16th November 2016
Kick-off: 17:30 CET
Go back a few weeks before the international break and this would have been a match between two top sides – however fortunes have changed since and the sides meet with Jukurit six places above HPK.
Jukurit had an excellent start to the season and were up inside the top five for long stretches of the opening weeks. A baron run however however of no wins in five games through the middle of last month saw them drop heavily down the standings. They turned things around just before the international break however with a pair of wins, and have now won three games straight plus have only lost one of their last six matches. Their season record of 9-1-3-6 from 19 matches has them currently third.
HPK have almost had the opposite sort of season to Jukurit. A relatively poor start saw followed by a streak of six consecutive wins that catapulted them up the standings into the top six. However, around the middle of last months they seem to have slipped off the rails with a couple of losses, and the side has not won at all since the international break. It’s a streak that has seen HPK win only one of their last six matches, with a current season record of 5-5-2-7 putting them ninth after 19 rounds.
Jukurit would be higher in the league if they had slightly better home form, as they’re a top three side on the road. On their own ice they have 16 points from 9 games, with five regulation wins along the way. Scoring 2,7 goals a game at home isn’t a bad return so far, but they let in just over 2 at the same time on average.
Road form has been HPK’s Achilles heel so far this season. Just one win and a couple of other points here and there return them 8 points from 9 away from home – in total contrast to having one of the five best home records in the league. On the road, HPK score just over 2 goals a game while conceding 3 on average.
Jukurit vs Hameenlinna PK: Head-to-Head
The only Liiga meeting between the sides in history saw HPK win 3-2 on home ice last month, coming from 2-0 down to win in OT.
Jukurit vs Hameenlinna PK: Prediction
With Jukurit having turned their from around, and HPK on the slide, you have to fancy the home team for this one.
Jukurit vs Hameenlinna PK: Tips
- Jukurit win at 2.15