Lulea Hockey vs Orebro
Competition: Swedish Hockey League
Date: 19th November 2016
Kick-off: 18:30 CET
A duel for position inside the SHL’s top ten and ergo a spot in the pity-playoff round sees Lulea entertain Orebro tonight in Sweden’s top flight.
Neither side has set the league alight so far, although Lulea have struggled more than they would have expected to early on. An indifferent but average start saw them go .500 in their opening 12 games, however a run of five losses either side of the international break knocked them down the standings somewhat. They do appear to have a turned a corner with two straight wins now, although they’ve given up at least two goals a game in their last seven matches. Sitting #10 in the league on 26 points from 18 rounds, Lulea have a record of 7-2-1-8 so far.
Orebro had a poor start to the season, losing their opening three matches – but turned it around a little with a streak of three straight wins soon after. The side have struggled to get any real consistency going, generally winning one or two and then losing a couple straight after. On a run of two consecutive losses of late, they blanked Djurgarden 3-0 to get back to winning form, and trail Lulea in the table by a place and two points with their 6-2-2-8 record so far.
Had Lulea’s road form not been so bad up until this point, then they’d be much higher up the standings. A top four side on their own ice, LHC have won five of their 10 matches at home in regulation. However, they failed to take a point in all bar one of their five losses, and as such have 16 points on their own ice. The team were on a run of three straight home losses before beating Vaxjo four nights ago. Lulea score an average of 2,6 goals at home, but give up 2,3.
Orebro are actually better on the road than they are at home in the form guide, although they’ve taken 12 points from both scenarios. The side are currently winless in two on the road, and have three regulation wins in nine away matches this season. Scoring an average of 2 a game isn’t bad, but they give up almost 2,5 a game at the same time.
Lulea Hockey vs Orebro: Head-to-Head
Orebro took a 3-2 home win on their own ice when the sides met last month. Lulea however won both home games convincingly last season, but Orebro had been victorious in Lulea in three straight games before that.
Lulea Hockey vs Orebro: Prediction
A close call, but Lulea are much better at home than Orebro are on the road, so a home win looks the most likely outcome.
Lulea Hockey vs Orebro: Tips
- Lulea win at 2.00