Almost all the teams played at least 10 games… apart from Davos, who played only 8 games. Mostly because the Ibexes are waiting for the conclusion of the work at the Vaillant Arena. That is, 5 games less compared to several other teams who played 13.
We mean, a book could be written in this regard. Instead, today we want to focus on the differences between the 2018-19 and the 2019-20 season.
10 games are a tiny sample, but at the same time we’re still talking about 20% of the regular season games. In other words, it’s probably the first moment you can start to compare this season to the last one. In order to understand how teams got off to the start of the season compared to 12 months ago.
Let’s take into consideration, for each team, the number of games played this season. And let’s compare them to the last season after the same number of games played. Let’s start with the points earned.
The team that improved the most is Lausanne. After all, how can we all forget that 12 months ago Ville Peltonen’s troops, before the fantastic ride to the semifinal, had got off to a very poor start and suffered 8 defeats in their first 11 games of the season? This year the Lions Vaudois, albeit with some ups and downs, got off to a much better start. And, compared to the 2018-19 season, earned 11 points more after 11 games!
Rapperswil are the second team that improved the most. And, with all due respect to the Lions Vaudois, their improvement is the most significant one. Rappi have the same coach but added experience and talent to the roster… and the results are there for everyone to see. Last season, the Lakers earned the misery of 6 points after 13 games. This year instead, they’ve already earned 15 points after 13 games. To say, 12 months ago, it took Rapperswil 24 games in order to earn the same amount of points!
Davos, on the other hand, are the third ones who improved the most. Even though, since they played only 8 games, the data is to be taken with a grain of salt. Anyway, the Ibexes – beyond the points – improved a lot generally. Firstly, the attitude is different. The troops now coached by Christian Wohlwend in fact, if we exclude the last unconvincing performance delivered in Fribourg, are playing a very fast and modern hockey. They’re a pleasure to see.
If instead we want to have a look at the teams who are doing worse… we have to talk about Ambrì-Piotta, Langnau and Bern.
The Leventinesi earned 7 points less compared to last season after 12 games. That’s not nothing. The Tigers for their part, earned actually 9 points less after 13 games. And finally Bern earned 10 points less compared to last season.
The Bears surely didn’t have a dream start. Yet, they won 3 of their last 5 games, and therefore they are improving.
Let’s move on now to the goals scored and goals conceded. Let’s see which teams improved and which ones got worse.
The ZSC Lions changed a lot compared to last season. Now, they play a very attractive and spectacular hockey. In fact, they’re on fire! When it comes to goals scored, they improved seriously a lot… this is evidenced by the fact that they scored 19 goals more (!) after 13 games.
Also Rapperswil’s figures are impressive. Jeff Tomlinson’s troops, also thanks to the new imports, score definitively more compared to 12 months ago and that makes all the difference. Or rather, it makes the difference between honourable defeats and wins.
It’s also interesting to note that Lausanne, Genève Servette, Zug (after the great additions!) and Davos scored more compared to last season. Instead, all the other teams got worse…
Mostly, the figures of Langnau, Ambrì-Piotta and Bienne stand out. The Seeländers figures are actually hardly encouraging. After all, Antti Törmänen’s troops have been proving rock rolid so far, but it’s also fair to say that they’ve been struggling to put pucks in the net… things are improving though, and will improve further once all the new additions are at the top of their game. Without forgetting that things should improve even more once Damien Brunner is back.
Finally, let’s have a look at the data of the goals conceded.
Davos suffered many painful defeats last season. This year instead, the team is playing better and is even more solid. The Ibexes are the ones who improved the most their defensive record.
Then, it’s actually interesting to note that most teams got worse when it comes to defense. The only other team, apart from Davos that improved, is Rapperswil. The Lakers in fact, conceded 1 goal less compared to last season after 13 games.
Ambrì-Piotta are stable… while all the others conceded more goals.
Lugano, Genève Servette, Zug… and, most and above all, ZSC Lions, Langnau and Bern!
The Lions improved a lot their offensive play and perhaps pay the price when it comes to a solid defense. Even though, overall, we think it’s safe to say that Rickard Grönborg’s troops are just much better and it’s likely that will improve also their defensive play.
The Tigers and Bears figures instead, are almost alarming.
Heinz Ehlers’ troops is incredibly less solid and, when it comes to defensive play, they’ve rarely been at the top of their game this season, so far. After all, the ups and downs of these early stages of the season don’t help. Knowing the Danish coach, however, we’re pretty sure that Langnau will become rock solid again soon enough.
Bern’s figures instead, well represent the poor start of the season of the Bears. We think, anyway, that it’s wrong to say that the cause is the change of goalie. We think that Niklas Schlegel is doing pretty well. The problem is, looking from the outside, that Bern seem – strangely – not solid overall. Forwards don’t look as effective as last season when it comes to defensive play, and thus Kari Jalonen’s troops concede too many scoring chances to their opponents. Then again, we’re talking about Kari Jalonen here… one of the best coaches around. We mean, we’re pretty sure that things will improve very soon.
Having said all this, you always have to take into consideration the fact that statistics are a very interesting food for thought but never tell the whole story. Even more so after only a dozen of games played. And so, we just can’t wait to see how this season will develop… without forgetting, as always that, apart from the numbers, with the playoffs a whole new season will begin!