Liberec vs Litvinov
Competition: Czech Extraliga
Date: 27th November 2016
Kick-off: 16:30 CET
With both sides inside the Extraliga’s top four, this matchup sees Liberec potentially able to go top with a win; while Litvinov could move up to third.
Liberec are on one of the best runs in European hockey at the moment, which has carried them to join-top of the league with a game in hand over Trinec. With 12 straight wins in the league, Liberec have not lost since 14 October and tonight face the last team to beat them in the Extraliga. More impressive than just their winning run has been that since the international break, the White Tigers have conceded only five goals in seven matches. Liberec’s current season record stands at 15-1-4-3.
On the other side of the ice tonight are Litvinov, who lost last time out but have won seven of their last nine matches. That record sees them six points ahead of the nearest challengers and in the top four relatively comfortably – although they are .500 in the last four games. The team have been pretty consistent so far this year and have a 10-8-0-7 record to show for it.
At home, Liberec have taken 20 points from only nine matches, winning six in regulation and having only lost two. They’ve not lost on home ice since 23 September, with six in a row since then. On their own ice, the Tigers score an average of 2,6, while conceding 1,4 goals a game.
Litvinov place #4 in the league for both home and road form, which makes their overall position not altogether surprising. They have however lost their last two road games by an aggregate score of 7-1, with only one win in three away matches since the international break. Litvinov score an average of 2,3 on the road, but struggle to keep teams out – conceding 2,7 goals a game on average.
Liberec vs Litvinov: Head-to-Head
Litvinov won the aforementioned last meeting last month, 3-2 after OT. Liberec have however won 6/7 matches on home ice against Litvinov since 2013.
Liberec vs Litvinov: Prediction
You just have to go with Liberec for this game because of their form – but there are decent rewards if you think the run will end tonight.