Malmo Redhawks vs Rogle
Competition: Swedish Hockey League
Date: 14th November 2016
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
Fifth place plays the side down in 12 in Monday’s lone SHL action.
Having been the early league-leaders for most of the SHL up until the international break, it’s all gone quite wrong for Malmo over recent weeks. A really poor run of form has seen them top down four places to fifth, and now four points off league leaders Frolunda. The reason? One win in their last five matches, and only three in their last nine, which is surprising when the side won all of their open seven. The Redhawks’ season record currently stands at 9-1-1-5, with an OT defeat to Farjestad by a single goal last time out.
Rogle sit just above the two relegation playoff places with a four points cushion, helped by three straight wins before the international break by a combined score of 9-2. Those wins came after seven consecutive losses, and were ended Friday night with defeat to Skelleftea – a side they also lost to the next night to now be winless in two.
Malmo have actually only played six home games, due to their arena being used for other things, and so their record isn’t as bad as stats tables make out. 11 points form those games with a record of 3-1-0-2 isn’t too bad, but they have lost their last two on home ice. In the Malmo Arena, the Redhawks average 2,2 goals a game, while conceding just 1,5 – however they have only scored two in their last pair of home matches.
Rogle have had a difficult season so far but are marginally better on the road than at home. A record of 3-0-0-4 gives them seven points from their road trips so far, with that loss in Skelleftea ending a streak of two straight wins. When playing on the road, Rogle are decent scorers – averaging 2,3 a game, however they concede 2,4 on average illustrating that their D isn’t great.
Malmo Redhawks vs Rogle: Head-to-Head
Malmo won 7-6 in Rogle at the start of last month, and by a goal in a pre-season game too. The teams have only played two SHL games in Malmo since they were promoted a couple of years ago, with the series split one each last season.
Malmo Redhawks vs Rogle: Prediction
Although Malmo are in bad form, Rogle just haven’t been good enough so far this season. Home win.