Jukurit vs IFK Helsinki
Competition: Finland Hockey Liiga
Date: 24th November 2016
Kick-off: 17:30 CET
With one win in their last three games for both sides, Jukurit host IFK as both sides need the points to get back on track in their respective chases.
Jukurit’s loss to lowly KooKoo last time out means they are just hanging on to a place in the top, with just two points keeping them in the automatic play-off places. The side have lost two of their last three, however had won three straight before taking a dip in form. Their season to date sees them with 36 points from 22 games with a 10-1-4-7 record.
IFK have really been on a pretty poor run which has seen them tumble down to almost dropping out of the top 10. While they’ve played a game less than most of the teams below them, they are only one point away from falling out of the post-season altogether. One win in their last six games – one one in seven if you include CHL – has been the reason for the slide. Sitting 10/15, IFK have a record of 6-5-1-9 from 21 matches.
If Jukurit could turn around their home form they’d be challenging for the top places in the league. The side have picked up only 17 points from 11 home games, with five regulation wins but only two points in the six defeats, and have lost their last two on home ice. Jukurit have found it difficult to score at home, averaging only 2,6 a game while giving up 2,5.
IFK’s home form has been the reason why they are struggling, because on the road they are a top six side. That said, IFK have not won any of their last three away games, and have only two regulation wins this season away from home – 10 points after OT/Shootouts helping their total of 17 points from 12 matches. Scoring an average of 2,1 goals a game is effectively negated by conceding 2 a game.
Jukurit vs IFK Helsinki: Head-to-Head
Jukurit won 2-1 in Helsinki in September, the only competitive meeting between the sides.
Jukurit vs IFK Helsinki: Prediction
While neither side has been particularly good lately, Jukurit have at least had some wins. IFK being on a bad streak both in general and on the road makes it tough to back them.
Jukurit vs IFK Helsinki: Tips
- Jukurit+(0) AH at 1.94