There are only 3 games left to the end of this crazy Regular Season. One thing is sure… once again, the crucial game will be the next one 🙂

Mathematically, not even Lausanne are certain to make the playoffs. Even though, frankly speaking, only an unfortunate conjunction of the stars will prevent the Lions Vaudois from making it to the post season.

Having said that, let’s have a look at the 8 teams still invovled in the playoffs battle!


LAUSANNE HC – 3rd place – 77 points

SCHEDULE

EHC Biel-Bienne – Lausanne HC

Lausanne HC – HC Fribourg Gottéron

SCL Tigers – Lausanne HC

Lausanne lost 2 of their last 3 games and therefore, in spite of everything, aren’t yet certain to make the playoffs. The Lions Vaudois’ schedule, moreover, is quite complicated… Ville Peltonen’s troops, however, has earned the right to be currently in a very priviliged position thanks to the 7 wins earned in their last 9 games, most of them thanks to very good performances.

WHY THEY WILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS

Because at this point only an apocalypse could make Lausanne drop from the 3rd to the 9th place on the table in 3 games. Finally, most and above all, the Lions Vaudois were – in terms of points on average – the best NLA team of the month of February and their performances were good.

WHY THEY WON’T MAKE THE PLAYOFFS

There is a small risk. It’s true that sport is not made of “ifs” and “buts”… but the 2 defeats suffered in the last 3 games could have shaken the Lions Vaudois’ self-confidence. Ideally, Lausanne could even lost their last 3 games and still make the playoffs… yet, it’s better not to take anything for granted. Even more so in this crazy season!


EHC BIEL-BIENNE – 4th place – 76 points

SCHEDULE

EHC Biel-Bienne – Lausanne HC

Genève Servette HC – EHC Biel-Bienne

HC Davos – EHC Biel-Bienne

Bienne’s performances have been quite convincing lately. The Seeländers are improving a lot and don’t have to fear anyone… they have their fate in their hands and actually they should try all they can to finish the Regular Season third placed. Like last year. In terms of results, they’re coming off 3 consecutive wins, the last two earned thanks to brillant performances.

WHY THEY WILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS

Because the team is good and their performances have been good lately. The Seeländers won their last 3 games and by doing so they regained self-confidence… this is the most important thing and the reason why they will make the playoffs without too much of a problem.

WHY THEY WON’T MAKE THE PLAYOFFS

Because of the same reason why Lausanne is risking. There is only a little risk to miss the playoffs even though, ideally, Bienne could even lose their next 3 games and still make it to the post-season. However, it’s better not to take anything for granted…


SCL TIGERS – 5th place – 75 points

SCHEDULE

SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers – SCL Tigers

SCL Tigers – SC Bern

SCL Tigers – Lausanne HC

Langnau are coming off the good performance delivered in Zürich that, however, earned them only 1 point. The schedule though, it’s quite favourable also considering that Heinz Ehlers’ troops should need only 3 points to make the playoffs… in terms of recent form the Tigers won only 1 of their last 5 games.

WHY THEY WILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS

Because the last performance delivered in Zürich made clear that the players are in good shape and have a hankering for the playoffs. We mean, when it comes to the mindset… the Tigers have not been adversely affected by the two defeats suffered previously against Bienne and Fribourg Gottéron.

WHY THEY WON’T MAKE THE PLAYOFFS

Because, unfortunately, we’re talking about Langnau here. Namely, that team that often went only so close – and yet so far – to make its dreams come true. Regardless of the performances delivered, the Tigers have just lost 3 consecutive games for the first time this season… there is therefore the risk to enter into a negative vortex for the first time. At the worst possible time.


HC AMBRÌ-PIOTTA – 6th place – 73 points

SCHEDULE

HC Ambrì-Piotta – HC Davos

EV Zug – HC Ambrì-Piotta

HC Ambrì-Piotta – SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers

Ambrì-Piotta won their last game in Lausanne and that was such a confidence booster. Luca Cereda’s troops schedule, moreover, looks quite favourable even though there is a risk that it will turn into a double-edged sword… Overall, Ambrì-Piotta won only 2 of their last 5 games.

WHY THEY WILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS

Because the last win earned in Lausanne was a godsend. The Leventinesi have all it takes to go and earn the 6 points they still need during the home games against Davos and Rapperswil. We mean, they have all it takes to make the playoffs and therefore to achieve their dream. Let us not forget, moreover, that considering what were the seasonal targets, Ambrì-Piotta have – almost… – no pressure.

WHY THEY WILL NOT MAKE THE PLAYOFFS

Because the schedule is a very dangerous double edged sword… Davos have been improving a lot lately and the away game in Zug can be a very complicated one. It can be very dangerous to “go all in” in the last game of the season at home against Rapperswil…


 

HC LUGANO – 7th place – 72 points

SCHEDULE

HC Lugano – EV Zug

HC Davos – HC Lugano

HC Lugano – SC Bern

Lugano earned a lot of points during the month of February and are coming off the brillant performance delivered in Fribourg. The Bianconeri’s schedule, however, is quite complicated… in fact, it’s a real litmus test to understand if Lugano – as we believe – can seriously play a leading role during the upcoming playoffs. In terms of results, Greg Ireland’s troops won 4 of their last 5 games.

WHY THEY WILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS

Because Lugano – like it or not – are playoffs animals. With all the pros and cons that this entails. Right now, however, the players are sniffing the playoffs for real and we’re pretty sure they won’t fail the next three “tests”.

WHY THEY WILL NOT MAKE THE PLAYOFFS

Because Zug lost 3 of their last 4 games and won’t travel to Ticino to give away more points… Because we’re pretty sure that Bern will travel to Lugano next Monday to win, even more so if they can kick out Lugano from the post-season… and finally because, to go and win on the road in Davos – which is even not self-evident – could not be enough to make the playoffs.


ZSC LIONS – 8th place – 71 points

SCHEDULE

SC Bern – ZSC Lions

ZSC Lions – SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers

Genève Servette HC – ZSC Lions

The ZSC Lions won 2 of their last 3 games but their last home performance against Langnau was not good enough despite the shootouts win. The schedule, moreover, it’s very complicated… the two away games against Bern and Genève Servette are so darn dangerous.

WHY THEY WILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS

Because when it comes to potential, the ZSC Lions should be up there with Bern and Zug to battle for the first place. One way or another, the players’ talent will come to light during these last 3 games and that will be enough to make the playoffs.

WHY THEY WILL NOT MAKE THE PLAYOFFS

Because there is so much pressure on the shores of the Limmat. Zürich, regardless of the results, are way too inconsistent in terms of commitment and fighting spirit… this is something you pay a high price for. Especially now that things are heating up for real!


HC FRIBOURG GOTTÉRON – 9th place – 71 points

SCHEDULE

HC Fribourg Gottéron – Genève Servette HC

Lausanne HC – HC Fribourg Gottéron

EV Zug – HC Fribourg Gottéron

Fribourg Gottéron lost the last game against Lugano and therefore put to an end their 3-games winning streak. At this point, the Dragons have no longer their fate in their hands. Their schedule, moreover, is quite complicated… it’s crucial to win the next game against Genève Servette and gain self-confidence in view of the last two difficult away games against Lausanne and Zug.

WHY THEY WILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS

Because Fribourg Gottéron, despite the last defeat suffered against Lugano, are in good shape and won 3 of their last 4 games. Moreover, the fact that now they don’t have their fate in their hands anymore, it’s a huge blow but at the same time – paradoxically – it will force Mark French’s troops to react and play 3 great games. And to make the playoffs.

WHY THEY WILL NOT MAKE THE PLAYOFFS

Because the last home defeat it’s a hard pill to swollow. Moreover, the schedule is quite complicated… the Dragons will host Genève Servette – they won only 1 time out of 5 this season against the Eagles – then will travel to Lausanne – where they haven’t won since December 2017 – and finally will visit Zug, namely the second best team of the league. We mean, it looks difficult to earn 9 points from now to the end of the Regular Season.


GENÈVE SERVETTE HC – 10th place – 66 points

SCHEDULE

HC Fribourg Gottéron – Genève Servette HC

Genève Servette HC – EHC Biel-Bienne

Genève Servette HC – ZSC Lions

Genève Servette are up against the wall therefore it’s not very important against whom they have to play. The Eagles – who when it comes to fighting spirit are commendable – must “only” win the 3 remaining games. And it still could not be enough. In terms of form, Servette won only 2 of their last 9 games.

WHY THEY WILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS

Because currently Genève Servette are no longer under pressure. They must “only” win. If the Eagle win in Fribourg and at the same time the ZSC Lions lose in Bern… well, that would be a huge confidence booster. Without forgetting that at that point, provided that they win also against Bienne the following game, there will be the the glorious chance to host the ZSC Lions for the last game of the season…

WHY THEY WILL NOT MAKE THE PLAYOFFS

Because Genève Servette have no longer their fate in their hands. Moreover, McSorley’s troops haven’t won 3 consecutive games since early January… and now all they need are 3 consecutive wins.


We mean guys, who will make it? Certainly this last part of the Regular Season is so exciting 🙂

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