Tonight's broadcast starting 20:00 CEST offers up a treat like no other, when the two matchups will showcase all of the current top 4 teams in the league. Each and every one of these teams are on hot streaks unlike any other and will be heading for the playoffs with high seeds in mind. In the first clash of the evening, hREDS face storm warning, as they will take on JYP Jyvaskyla. The second matchup features dear rivals HAVU Gaming and Linkoping HC, who are showcasing what the current top two in the league has to offer.
hREDS vs JYP Jyvaskyla
12-4-2 vs 17-0-1
Niklas @NikkeDangles Tukiainen (20+18=38) vs Kristian @kriketski17 Veijola (21+22+43)
Niklas @uhNikke Nieminen (8 W, 74,77 SV%, 2,33 GAA, 1 SO) vs Oskari @sibeelius Grönroos (17 W, 87,77 SV%, 1,28 GAA, 5 SO)
In the first matchup of the night, hREDS and JYP Jyvaskyla will be battling it out for which franchise is the bigger, badder red in the league. In our most recent broadcast, hREDS indicated the kind of skill that the team possesses by overpowering HAVU Gaming in two straight games, causing the surefire title contender their second and third losses of the season. The team played experienced winger Tuukka @Tuukka.R Röpelinen at LD for his first games of the season, which turned out great. It'll be interesting to see if he is their choice for that spot again, pending his availability of course. JYP, on the other hand seems to have been mowing down opposition like the hurricane they are. The team has suffered only one loss this season and has exhibited stellar defensive play combined with the best goaltending in the league, resulting in a GAA of only 1,28. Oskari @sibeelius Grönroos in net is the man to keep an eye on for JYP.
HAVU Gaming vs Linkoping HC
19-3-0 vs 19-1-0
Tuukka @FlyerKungen Kuha (24+34=58) vs Paul @PleeMaker Arontie (46+25=71)
Hannes @Hansulinho Kettunen (19 W, 81,1 SV%, 1,41 GAA, 5 SO) vs Casper @ICappeI Lundgren (19 W, 81,01 SV%, 1,5 GAA, 3 SO)
HAVU Gaming and Linkoping HC have built a strong bond and a rivalry between the two clubs. Names and colors might have changed, but the fundamentals do not differ as we still remember these two juggernauts going head-to-head in a multitude of competitions over the years. Most recently, LHC has managed to pull the longer straw and is now the reigning champion, but HAVU Gaming are fighting tooth and nail to retake the throne. HAVU suffered two losses last Thursday at the hands of hREDS in a set of games where they looked a bit out of focus, so a determined group of guys will be taking the virtual ice tonight. The white lions of LHC have the highest scoring offense in the league by a wide margin with Paul @PleeMaker Arontie leading the way and chasing his own all-time ECL Elite goal scoring record of 49 notches (currently at 46). We should be seeing a low-scoring affair, which ultimately will come down to which team can better capitalise on the oppositions mistakes.
Tune in for all the action starting tonight at 20:00 CEST over at www.twitch.tv/nhlgamer, alternatively ISTV, and Ruutu for our Finnish viewers.