Vaxjo Lakers vs HV71
Competition: Swedish Hockey League
Date: 12th November 2016
Kick-off: 18:30 CET
Both Vaxjo and HV71 played Champions League midweek, suffering very different fortunes. They meet in the SHL with a place and three points between them in HV71’s favour.
The Lakers overcame a 3-2 first defeat to Finnish side SaiPa this week to win 7-6 on aggregate thanks to an overtime win. They were in good form before the international break, winning three games straight to propel themselves up to #7 overall with a 6-1-2-5 record giving them 22 points overall from 14 games. It’s key for them tonight as they’ve actually played a game more than HV71, so would fall further behind with a loss.
HV71 ended the first part of the season indifferent in the SHL, on a .500 record in their last four games. This week’s CHL match saw them surrender a 2-goal aggregate lead as they lost 5-0 to Sparta Prague on home ice to crash out of the competition 7-4 on aggregate. An SHL record of 8-0-1-4 from 13 matches has them just inside the Top 6, and they were victorious in three of their last five before the break.
Vaxjo are around midtable in the SHL for home form, three regulation wins and losses in eight matches on their own ice, with a win and a loss in OT completing the form so far. They’re unbeaten in their last two at home, having lost four in a row before then. The Lakers average 2,8 goals a game at home, but give up 2,5.
Had HV71’s road form bene better they would be a lot higher in the league. They have however only three wins from six road trips until now, and 10 points from those games – the last two of which were consecutive defeats. While the Jonkoping side average 3 a game away from home, they concede 2,5 so, just like Vaxjo, struggle to keep teams out.
Vaxjo Lakers vs HV71: Head-to-Head
Vaxjo surrendered a two-goal lead but won 4-3 in OT when the sides met in September on Lakers’ ice. HV71 have won only one game in Vaxjo since November 2013.
Vaxjo Lakers vs HV71: Prediction
Vaxjo will enter this game with better morale after HV71’s terrible defeat midweek to Sparta, and being decent at home it makes them marginal favourites.
Vaxjo Lakers vs HV71: Tips
- Vaxjo win at 2.25