The Teams: Luleå HF vs. Färjestad BK
- - Finished 2nd in the SHL
- - 3rd best home record in the SHL
- - Top away record in the SHL
- - The team is located near the North Pole
Top Scorer: Linus Omark 52 games 21 G 37 assists 58 points
Editor's note: Watch for The Whit in the celebration; it might be the only game they won during his time there.
- Finished 6th in the SHL
- 8th best home record in the SHL
- 3rd best away record in the SHL
- The team is located on the Vänern Lake the largest in the European Union
Top Scorer: Joakim Nygård 52 games 16 goals 25 assists 41 points
Season Series: Luleå won the series 3-1 with the only loss coming in overtime.
Färjestad 1 at Luleå 2
Luleå 2 at Färjestad 3 OT
Luleå 8 at Färjestad 0
Färjestad 1 at Luleå 4
A difference between the SHL and the NHL finals is that the Swedes play alternating home games which adds another layer to the betting. This is brutal since you are always on the move. EBR is digging in to see if either owner bucks up and goes with the private bird. Maybe Whit can call Zetterberg and get the one they used on their infamous golf trip.
Luleå: Mikael Renberg, Mattias Öhlund, Justin Williams, Jonathan Hedström, Steve Staios, Linus Klassen
Färjestad: Håkan Loob, Sheldon Souray, Zdeno Chara, Mike Comrie, Christian Berglund, Rickard Wallin and Joel Eriksson Ek
Finals in any league are tough to predict but when you are looking at the SHL it gets even tougher. This league is full of reliable defensive players suiting up for their hometown teams and the right to wear the golden helmet on the ice they grew up playing on so everyone is going 100% non stop.
I see these teams very evenly matched and both have the ability to win games on the other teams' home ice, which will really extend this series.
Best Bet: Over 5.5 games in the series -162 at Barstool Sportsbook