Vaxjo Lakers vs SaiPa
Competition: Champions Hockey League
Date: 8th November 2016
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
SaiPa head to Vaxjo with a one-goal advantage after last week’s first leg in Lappeenranta. The Finns had led 2-0 after 40 minutes, but a late Tomi Leivo goal gave them the win despite surrendering that lead inside the final period.
Vaxjo’s loss in Finland last week was their first in all competitions after three straight wins going into the game; but their third overall in the CHL. It was partly not surprising, given that they have not won a CHL road game this season.
For SaiPa, it’s now two wins on the spin in all competitions which came after two losses in their own league. Again this was also not so surprising, as the Fins have not lost at all at home in the CHL so far this season – indeed they have yet to lose a game in the entire tournament as they head to Vaxjo tonight.
At home in the CHL Vaxjo have been good – and have needed to be considering their poor road form. They came through the group stage with comfortable home wins over Minsk and Boleslav, before making it this far only thanks to a home 4-3 win over Munich to win that series; although the Red Bulls pushed them mightily close at the end. On their own ice, the Lakers average 5 goals a game (and have scored at least four in all of them to date!) thus far, while giving up only two.
SaiPa have won in generally tough rinks to play in this year’s CHL, although that maybe be more on reputation than team strength this year. They took 4-2 wins in Berlin and Lulea during the group stage, before going to Liiga leaders Tappara and winning 4-2 as well in Tampere to make it this far. It’s no surprise then that they average 4 goals a came, and concede 2!
Vaxjo Lakers vs SaiPa: Head-to-Head
Last week’s win for SaiPa was the first competitive meeting between the teams. SaiPa were the better team for a couple of periods, but let the lead slip so Vaxjo will fancy their chances.
Vaxjo Lakers vs SaiPa: Prediction
On home ice it’s hard to look past Vaxjo, although SaiPa have won in Sweden already this season in the CHL. Lakers to pull off the comeback, but SaiPa are worth backing if the odds are there seeing as they have the lead.
Vaxjo Lakers vs SaiPa: Tips
- SaiPa+1 AH at 1.85
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