KalPa Kuopio vs Tappara Tampere
Competition: Finland Hockey Liiga
Date: 12th November 2016
Kick-off: 17:00 CET
It is the clash of the top two in the Liiga with KalPa hosting the side directly above them.
Just one win, three points, separates KalPa from Tappara as a run of wins for the Kuopio side has seen them slowly but surely cut the game on the leaders from Tampere. Six wins on the bound, and only one of them not in regulation, has KalPa in excellent domestic form, having lost only two of their last 12 matches in their own league, and a season record so far of 11-3-3-3 in 20 rounds.
Tappara have been slowly pegged back by KalPa not however due to bad form of their own. The defending champions have won five on the spin, and lsot only two of their last ten games, but have just had a couple of wins of late for only two points, giving KalPa a chance to bite away at their lead. Tappara are unbeaten in five games as they post an impressive 13-2-2-3 record until now.
KalPa have the joint-best home record in the league, however with TPS and not Tappara – though the Tampere side are just one point behind on home results. In Kuopio, KalPa have not lost in regulation in ten matches this season, and have only not won two of them in total. 24 points is their tally so far, with six regulation wins. KaPa average 3 goals a game on their own ice, giving up less than 2. They’re unbeaten in four at home.
Tappara are however the league’s best road team with an impressive 22 points from 10 games. They’ve lost only two games in regulation, and one after OT, giving them seven regulation wins. The team score over 3 goals a game on the road, while conceding just over 2.
KalPa Kuopio vs Tappara Tampere: Head-to-Head
The sides have not met this season so far. The last two matches in Kuopio went to overtime with a win each, and Tappara have won more often than not in Kuopio in recent years.
KalPa Kuopio vs Tappara Tampere: Prediction
It really is too close to call with so much at stake despite it only being November. Overtime is quite a high possibility, but with KalPa so good at home they are slightly favorites.
KalPa Kuopio vs Tappara Tampere: Tips
- KalPa+(0) AH at 1.85