During last week, the quarterfinals of the eSHL were played and with that we're left with the four best Swedish teams, who will match up against each other at Inferno Online in Stockholm over the weekend. We'll start off on Friday with the two semifinal series and continue on Saturday with the culmination point - the finals!
Here's a look at both of the semifinal series:
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
21-1-0 vs 14-7-1
Linkoping HC has expectedly plowed through opposition throughout the season and had no problem getting through to the semifinals in their quarterfinal matchup against the eighth seed HV71. Leksands IF on the other side has proven to be something of the overachiever this season. A playoff run was expected, but a surprisingly consistent push throughout the season put the team in great position for the playoffs, in which they competed a reverse sweep in a convincing comeback against Lulea Hockey.
This matchup is going to be fought mainly between the quick witted offense of Linkoping and the defensive unit and goaltender of Leksand. A complete lockdown defense is what worked for Leksand in the quarterfinals, will they be able to continue on that path against one of the worlds most well oiled offensive machines?
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
19-3-0 vs 16-4-2
The Redhawks are currently on a record setting run, as they have not lost a game in their last 18(!) outings and with that are on a real heater into the playoffs. Right winger @FlyerKungen has been by far the most efficient scorer of the league, but the quarterfinals against Djurgarden Hockey showed that secondary scoring is no problem and to be fair that wasn't a concern to begin with. The talking point of this series will definitely be the matchup between HAVU Gaming players @Dominointi & @FlyerKungen on Malmos side and @willekunq & @Nassustelija representing Farjestad. In the regular season matchup, Malmos offense prevailed.
We should see slightly higher scoring in this series, as we have two very offensively talented teams on the ice, but it is also notable that statistically goaltending and defense hasn't been as strong as in the other semifinal series.
When/where to watch?
Your dynamic duo of Fredrik "JAEGARNS" Andersson & Adam @esdor Ericson will cast all the action!
If you're in the Stockholm area, you can also come see the action live at Inferno Online Odenplan.
Who do you think will win?