KooKoo vs KalPa
Date: 30th November 2016
Kick-off: 17:30 CET
Two teams one away from either end of the table clash tonight in the Liiga, with KooKoo – one above last – hosting KalPa who are just one place below top spot.
KooKoo moved a couple of points clear of basement side Lukko when the score the only goal in an OT win over IFK Helsinki. While that was their second win in three games, they have however won only two of their last eight matches overall since the international break. Down at the far end of the table for most of the season, KooKoo are nine points off the top ten with 25 points from 24 games. Their season record currently stands at 4-4-5-11.
KalPa were momentarily on top of the league after beating Tappara, but now trail the Tampere side after a couple of dropped points in the last three games. That said, the team from Kuopio have lost only one of their last eight games since going out of the CHL and the international break, and you have to go back to 22 October for their last regulation defeat. With two wins straight, KalPa’s season record currently stands at an impressive 13-4-4-3.
Lowly KooKoo could actually be a little higher in the league were it not for their home form, as they are marginally better on the road. On their own ice, they’ve lost the last four games straight (and last two without taking a point), scoring only two regulation wins in 11 matches at home. On their own ice, KooKoo score an average of 2,5 goals a game while giving up 2,8.
As in the league table, KalPa are behind only Tappara as the best road side in the league with six regulation wins and 22 points from 12 matches away. KalPa had won two straight away before a defeat to Assat, but won their last outing to have been victorious in three of their last four. On the road, KalPa average 2,8 goals a game and concede 2,3.
KooKoo vs KalPa: Head-to-Head
KalPa were 3-1 winners in Kuopio when the teams played last month. KooKoo have not won on home ice in the two meetings since joining the Liiga, their last home win over KalPa coming in the division below in 2005.
KooKoo vs KalPa: Prediction
The stats point to KalPa taking the win here, however they have been a bit indifference of late on the road so it’s not a foregone conclusion. KooKoo have however not won at home in over a month.
KooKoo vs KalPa: Tips
- KalPa+(0) at 1.88