Vaxjo Lakers vs Linkoping HC
Competition: Swedish Hockey League
Date: 24th November 2016
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
A battle for the top six in the midtable of the SHL sees Vaxjo host the team two places and points below them.
While they currently sit sixth, Vaxjo are only one set of results away from going as low as ninth, so compact is the middle of the SHL table. Indifferent of late, Vaxjo come into this game off the back of three defeats in five, but a .500 record since the international break. They’ve tended to make a habit of back to back losses this year, with 4 sets so far and not managing to return straight to winning ways after a single defeat yet this season. Their season stands at 9-3-1-7 after 20 games, giving 32 points.
Linkoping have been on a decent run of late, losing only one of their last five and recording four wins from six since the international break. Sitting around halfway in the table, Linkoping have pretty much a 50% win record so far this season with a total tally of 8-2-3-7 from 20 games and 31 points overall.
The Lakers have needed to be good at home because their road form isn’t great. On their own ice, they’re a top three side with only three regulation defeats from 11 matches in Vaxjo. 19 points from 11 home games and five wins from the last six on their own ice – including two consecutive victories – is good going. The Lakers score just shy of 3 goals a game at home, but have a tendency to concede goals giving up an average of 2,3 a game.
Linkoping are marginally better on the road than they are at home, 15 points from 9 including 4 regulation wins making them a top six road team. They had won two straight away before losing in Bynas, and also won in Helsinki in the CHL too. On the road, the team scores an average of 2,6 goals a game, but have problems at the back giving up around 3.
Vaxjo Lakers vs Linkoping HC: Head-to-Head
Vaxjo won both the league game and pre-season match in Linkoping earlier this season. They’ve won 5/7 on their own ice against LHC.
Vaxjo Lakers vs Linkoping HC: Prediction
The edge here is with Vaxjo, although it’s by no means a certainty.
Vaxjo Lakers vs Linkoping HC: Tips
- Vaxjo win at 2.05