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Slovak ice hockey league odds

Slovak ice hockey league odds

Who wins the Slovak Ice Hockey League 2018?

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Dukla Trencin1.801.80
Banska Bystrica1.901.90

With the Tipsport Liga season upon us, let’s take a look at who’s got the best shot at taking home the SEL title this season.

HC Kosice will be looking for their sixth league title in the last 10 seasons, and they’ll be looking to their veteran leaders to do so. With NHL veteran Ladislav Nagy at the helm, HC Kosice will attempt to better their third place finish from the past season, with some new additions. While they lost names like Vasicek, Smach, and Kopriva, they’ve added American Blake Kessel (brother of two-time Stanley Cup champion, Phil), and Canadian David Pacan. Pacan had a 0.88 PPG in his career in the ECHL, while Kessel had a 0.72 PPG as a defenceman in that same league. For a team that finished third in goals for in Tipsport last season, adding this much scoring punch should allow them to close the gap from third to first in scoring (a gap only 10 goals wide).  With star goaltender Habal returning, HC Kosice should have no problem keeping pucks out of their own net either. Out of goalies who played at least 20 games last season, Habal was second in GAA (2.15), and third in SV% (.922).

Last year’s champions, HC Banska Bystrica won’t be too far behind, but may struggle to challenge for a repeat of last year’s finale. They added a slew of players from around the world in Lassila (Finland), Dame-Malka (France), Lukas (Czecha), and Bubela (United States) to infuse some new blood into an already established team. However, they lost their top two scorers from last season in Maione (who bolted for Liiga), and Hickmott (now of the EBEL). They still have NHL veteran Vladimir Orszagh coaching his hometown team, but he can no longer rely on last year’s top goaltender Jason Bacashihua, who is now playing in the Asia League. Orszagh will have to look to a brand new tandem in net, anchored by Liiga veteran Teemu Lassila. While he just came off his best season in the Liiga (1.89 GAA, .928 SV%), Lassila is 34 years of age, and many wonder how much he has left in the tank. Behind him on the depth chart will be Jan Lukas, the 24 year old Czech goalie who didn’t exactly light it up on his last stop. He played 38 games, so he can definitely rack up starts if needed, however, he had only a 2.80 GAA, and a respectable .913 SV%.