Stats:29games 7wins/22losses goals:62-96
Homestats:15games 3wins/12losses goals:37-54
Latest form:last 6games 1win/5losses goals:12-23
-Saipa`s situation is awful,they have won 1 out of 10 last games.Saipa is a team that every year try fight hard against bigger and richer teams,with mindles teamwork and fight.Its looklike that their season come end just like seasons 07-08(pos:11th),08-09(pos:14th) and season 09-10(pos:11th).It`s not enough that they have cheaper squad than many other teams,they have also long injured list already over month(8 players) and that is too much to little budjet team.Tonight they missing surely center Tero Koskiranta(21games 4goals+7assists),forward Carlo Grunn(21g 1g+2a),Joni Yli-Torkko(0g 0g+0a),defenders Daniel Sondell(8g 0g+4a) and Simon Backman(15g 1g+2a).In thursday round they missing also Ville Koho,Anssi Löfman because of flu and forward Jesse Saarinen who get puck to his face in practice session,theys playing tonight is not 100% sure.Saipa get 3 new players lately from Mestis(league one level below) and 1 player from Denmark league and week ago they bought 2 defenders Slovakian Richard Litner and American Brian Salcido.It sure because of that kind of players coming&go that it takes time before something good can start happening.
Stats:29games 17wins/12losses goals:75-62
Awaystats:14games 6wins/8losses goals:33-41
Latest form:last 6games 6wins goals:21-10
-Blues come to this season quite similar team than last season.There is no big stars,but many hard teamworker indeed.Nobody here in Finland think about that Blues have some chance to go final or not to mention champion,but one thing is sure they has done something right because they play good hockey night by night.Their teamdefence is one of best in this league and they have great goalie Iiro Tarkki whos save percentage is 7th best in league 93.27% and his goals/game avarage 1.71 goal/game is third best in league.
-All respect little and dogged team from east part of
Finland,but they have definitely not enough quality on their team to be fine in this league.Blues is hottest team in league and there is huge team spirit in their team right now.
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