- HIFK is one of biggest champion favorite in sm-liiga with Kärpät,Jokerit and Jyp.They have started their season very good with 13 win out of 19 games.They have been really strong at home,won all their 10 games so far and 8 of those wins has come in regulartime and their goal difference is great 47-15.They have one important injured player forward Mikael Granlund(12 games 3 goals+8 assists).HIFK made contract with forward Canadian Jeff Hamilton who has played 157 NHL games and made 32 goals+45 assists.Last season Hamilton played in Swiss A-league with Lugano and made in 46 games 22 goals+24 assists.He has played 3 games mow with HIFK and have 3 goals+3 assists...he is very good strengthening to HIFK.HIFK goalie is Juuso Riksman who has played better and better in his new team,when he transfer Jokerit to HIFK after last season.In last 5 homegames opponent has done only 2 goals against HIFK and Riksman is now one of hottest goalie in sm-liiga with saves percentage 92,86%.
- HPK is last season silver medalist in sm-liiga,when they dropped HIFK in play-offs.They lost 9 players after last season and their team is this season weaker than then,that is the reason why many experts expect that their position is 6th-10th end of the season..They lost 6 out of top 10 scorers,ecpesially their best scorer Joonas Vihko(56 games 25 goals+15 assists),their best assistpoints forward Janne Laakkonen(41g 4g+30a) and Nationalteam defender Mikko Mäenpää(43g 12g+18a).Lot of their last season best players have been hard to replaced with new players and that is biggest reason why their season has gone weaker than last season.HPK`s stats is so far 21 games 10 wins/11 losses and they have lost 5 out of their last 7 games.They have lost 4 awaygames a trot and their awaystats is 11 games 4 wins/7 losses with goal difference 27-32.Their most important defender Mathias Porseland(18 games 3 goals+8 assists), who has most icetime/game on their team 25.36/game is injured.Also injured players is not so important forwards Tuukka Pulliainen(12g 2g+4a),Juuso Honka(8g 1g+0a) and longterm injured Toni Häppölä.Their 2nd best scorer forward Niko Nieminen(21g 7g+3a) and defender Tuukka Mäkelä(8g 0g+0a) get minor injuries in last game against Saipa and is uncertain can they play against HIFK.
- One of champion favorite and best hometeam HIFK,have great chance grow their homewinning streak against weakened HPK.HIFK have so much more self-confidence when they play front of their homefans and have already take 10 out of 10 wins at home...it`s very hard to belive that HPK is that team,who can upset HIFK tomorrow.
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