SaiPa vs Vaxjo Lakers
Face-off: 18:00 CET
Competition: Champions Hockey League
A Liiga vs SHL matchup in Scandinavia tonight, as two sides with very different domestic records come up against each other.
SaiPa are another side in the CHL whose record in the competition this season completely contrasts what’s going on in their own league. This part weekend saw the side record their first win in three matches as they overcame TPS in a shootout, at least heading into European competition on the back of a win. What’s remarkable is that they saw of Tappara, Liiga leaders, comfortably in the last round 6-2 on aggregate to get this far. In the group stage they were unbeaten, with wins over Berlin and Lulea home and away with just a point dropped in one OT-win to make it through.
Vaxjo struggled at the start of the SHL, but are on a run of three wins on the spin currently. That streak has lifted them up the table to just outside the top five, and puts them into the Round of 16 as one of the form teams. They narrowly overcame Munich in the last phase of the CHL, taking a draw from the away leg before winning 4-3 at home to advance. Their group stage games saw them lose in Minsk to Yunost and in Boleslav, both after 60 minutes, but win both home matches to take top spot in the group, just.
SaiPa score almost four goals a game in the CHL, averaging 3,8 a match so far in the competition. At the other end they’ve been really solid too, giving up just 1,8 a game until now – including a blanking of Tappara.
SaiPa vs Vaxjo Lakers: Prediction
The form guide of late says Vaxjo, but SaiPa have been special in the CHL this year and have yet to lose a game at all. Lakers to edge it, or possibly a tie.
SaiPa vs Vaxjo Lakers: Tips
- Vaxjo +(0) AH at 1.70