Stats:28games 12wins/16losses goal difference 81-102
Homestats:13games 7wins/6losses goal difference 42-43
Latest form:last 6games 1win/5losses goal difference 14-22
-Experts expected that end of the season Ilves position is between 11th-14th.Last season Ilves was end of the season bottom position(14th) and there was then lots of talking that their financial situation is so bad that they have to quit their action of sm-liiga.After last season they have to let go 2 of their top4 defender Markus Seikola and Mikko Kuukka.They couldnt get any replacement players instead of them and now their defence look one of the weakest defence in whole league.Tonight their starting goalie is young and inexperienced 18years old Sami Aittokallio.
Stats:27games 11wins/16losses goal difference 67-78
Awaystats:12games 3wins/9losses goal difference 20-35
Latest form:last 6games 3wins/3losses goal difference 16-21
-Kärpät was start of the season many experts one of biggest favorite to win champion.They started season however very bad aikko Haapakoski to really experienced ex-Finnish national coach Hannu Aravirta.After that they have been litle better on ice and last round they get all 3points away against Ässät(position:2nd) 1-2 and before that they won saturday at home against Lukko(pos:5th) 5-3.There is more and more signs that Kärpät start winning often and often.Kärpät have both their goalie injured,but their loan goalie Ville Hostikka is good replacement for them.Kärpät have couple of longterm injured,but all their big guns is in line-up(Kuusela,Kreps,Tenkrat,St.pierre and Donskoi).
Summary:Ilves have limited squad in this season and im not suprise that they have now 5games losing streak.I dont see any better performances of them,because their potential is limited.Kärpät is surely biggest negative suprise in this league so far.They have so much potential to start winning often and getting lift up on leaguetable.I dont know any reason why Kärpät not winning tonight.14.10.2010 Kärpät-Ilves 4-2.
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