- Jokerit is every year one of biggest favorite to win Finnish champion.We can call them at Finnish hockey "giant",because of their glorious indoor rink(seats over 13 000) and good financial situation.They have once again very good squad,their new players in this season is:center Petteri Nokelainen(last 5 season played in NHL with teams Boston,Anaheim and Phoenix),center Bem Eaves(played last season in AHL with Milwaukee Admirals but only 7 games before he injured,has also played in SM-liiga with Blues in seasons 07-09 46 games 10 goals+39 assists),Forward Ville Hämäläinen(last season HPK),defender ex-NHL and last season in KHL with Dinamo Minsk player Ossi Väänänen,Jeremy Dehner(last season U Mass-Lowell (NCAA) and Norfolk Admirals (AHL).Also they have recently strenghtened their team,because of slow start in season.Their very new players is forward Tuomas Pihlman(last season with Jyp 36 games 13 goals+24 assists).Jokerit new goalie Mika Järvinen not have manage to stop pucks enough and now Jokerit aqcuire new goalie Slovakian national goalie Jan Lasak(last season with KHL team Mytishchi Atlant).Jokerit has start of the season lot of injuries and that sure mix up their team playing.Now when they get back important Petteri Nokelainen from injured bench and gotta their new streghtning players im sure that Jokerit get climbing up to leaguetable.In weekend here in Finland they played international 4 nations tournament(Chech,Sweden,Finland and Russia) and Jokerit forward Janne Lahti played very good 3 games 2goals+2assists)
- Saipa is totaly different story than Jokerit.Many experts has expect that Saipa is end of the season position between 12-14(their position is now 13th),because of low budjet->weak squad.Saipa is also one of bad luckiest team in this league.They have many injured players and their problems not stop there,when they has short vacation about week ago their one of best forward and best scorer Canadian Scott Barney get caught when he driven drunk and Saipa sack him.Their injured players is important forward Ter Koskiranta(21 games 4 goals+7 assists),forward Anssi Löfman(16g 1g+2a),forward Petri Koskinen(15g 0g+1a),one of best defender Daniel Sondell(8 games 0g+4a),defender Simon Backman(15g 1g+2a) and Joni Yli-torkko(long term injured).Saipa has lost 6 out of their last 7 games.
- Jokerit(giant) against Saipa(dwaef) play against after 10 days gamebreak.I cant find 2 teams anywhere who have so totally different starting point in this game.Jokerit have so much potential in their team that they hasnt so yeat(maybe couple of times) and we cant even say that Saipa is some kind of crisis,because they are one of weakest team in this league and have many injuries etc.This must be BANKER!
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