2018-2019 Liiga Talk

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  1. ChicagoBullsFan

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    Discussion thread of 2018-2019 liiga season.
    My 2018-2019 liiga season predictions.

    1 Kärpät
    2 TPS
    3 Tappara
    4 HIFK
    5 JYP
    6 Ässät
    7 Lukko
    8 Saipa
    9 Kalpa
    10 Pelicans
    11 Ilves
    12 HPK
    13 Sport
    14 Kookoo
    15 Jukurit

    Top Scorer Eric Perrin JYP
    Best goal scorer Erik Thorell HIFK
    Best Defenceman Ilkka Heikkinen TPS
    Best Goaltender Atte Engren HIFK
    Rookie of the year Kaapo Kakko TPS
    Most penalized player Miro Karjalainen HPK
    Best Referee Jari Levonen
    First coach to fired Pekka Kangasalusta Jukurit

    Medals
    Gold Kärpät
    Silver TPS
    Bronze HIFK.
     
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    Even though I'm not a Kärpät-fan as I'm not from the north, one must give credit to them; they have come a long way in 15 years. In 1989-1999 they spent 10 years in the lower division (unless I'm mistaken one season even in the third tier)

    Since 2004 they have won the league 7 times and are now fast approaching TPS and Tappara as the most succesful league-team. TPS and Tappara have 10 titles and Kärpät 8.

    Of course all Ilves-fans say that statistics is rubbish as hockey didn't start in Finland in 1975 but much earlier and Ilves are the all-time top-team but they only have one league title and even that is 33 years ago.

    Ilves is a bit like Montreal Canadians; a glorious past but these days never even close to making it to the top.
     
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    KillEmAll83 Cooing limes into top shelves

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    Here is what I received in response if anyone is curious or swings by wondering if they can get it. No deal unless you're in Finland

    I'm assuming accepting credit card payments would open it up worldwide but he didn't really confirm that.

    Additional context: Liiga has moved from Ruutu to Telia. Telia is only available if you reside in Finland.
     
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    Yes, this is very confusing situation. I've been paying my Liiga tv-product with credit card for years now, but for some reason Telia can't provide that option to consumers and from now on I have to wait to get invoice to my email, so I can pay it (so last century crap).

    Liiga product via telia is only available in Finland, but the company is in all the nordic countries and if I remember correctly, they have HQ in Sweden.
     
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    Yes. According to wikipedia, Kärpät were in 2.division (third tier back then) for one season (1994-1995).

    Here is a list of ice hockey champions in Finland. From 1928 to 1974 the name of the competition was sm-sarja. Back then they only play "regular season" and the number one after that became the champion. 1975 they decided to change the format more like north american and after regular season, they started to play playoff games and decide the champion that way. At the same time the name changed to sm-liiga. Kulta = Gold -> Champion, Hopea = Silver -> second place, Pronssi = Bronze -> third place, Runkosarjan voittaja = Winner of the regular season.
     
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    It's a bit like telling Liverpool that they are not a successful football-club as they have never won the EPL and football only started in England in 1992.
     
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    It is true that many seasons had the format that only regular season was played, but other systems were used too. For example for the very first seasons it was a cup type competition and most seasons in the Fifties had a format that the regular season was played in two separate groups and then the winners of the groups faced each other to decide the champion.
     
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    They should do away with the artificial extra local-matches. As Jokerit went to the KHL and Espoo Blues went bankcrupt HIFK's local matches are against such close neighbours as HPK and Kärpät.
     
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    Telia made deal with TV5 to air 7 regular season games and 8 playoff games on free tv. First game is on opening round September 14th. The rest of the games will be shown on Wednesdays.
     
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    Meh, nobody really pays attention to Pummi anymore.
     
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    Do You have any news about Nicklas Nordgren (18v) from HIFK ? I don't see him playing in preseason ja neither he played in U20 tournament in Kaamloops for Finland .
    Is he injured ?
    Good choice by Chicago blackhawks . Totally underrated by North americans scout .
     
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    Yes Nordgren is injured.
    He got upper body injury Blackhawks summer camp after the draft.
    Worst rumors are telling Nordgren's injury requires major surgery and his season is over.

    But HIFK hasn't announced any further information of Nordgren's injury.
    Only what HIFK is announced is that Nordgren's return back to games is wide open
    which means there's no timeline or any other schedule when he's back.
     
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    Welcome to HIFK Kyle Quincey.
     
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    Welp. Heikkinen is not even the best defenseman in TPS, let alone the whole league. His effort level is questionable to say the least. He just happens to have an absolute howitzer of a shot.
     
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    Anybody have a suggestion for a surprise team that may impress?
     
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    Saipa. Great preseason, depth at center, some good wingers, Tuohimaa is awesome but defense is a bit weak.

    Maybe Kalpa as well, they always seem to surprise, at least me.
     
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    In Sweden, CMore only takes local credit cards, so who knows. I have friends in Finland and can use their addresses to make things happen, but paying for the product is the confusing part. If you jump through hoops you can download the Telia TV app, but a lot of moving parts right now.
     
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    In Lappeenranta there is a bar which charges 5.50 for a pint of beer but when a Saipa-game is on they reduce the charge by 50 cents for every Saipa-goal.

    I guess they don't have confidence that Saipa could score 11 goals.
     
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    Liiga is thought to be introducing Red Bull helmets to be worn by best young players already this season as a part of a sponsorship deal with the energy drink manufacturer.
     
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    Is there a case to add another Mestis team after this season or will a poor performance from say Jukurit see calls for a contraction (personally don't see the latter happening).

    Seems like Kärpät are my favourites to win again.

    Would be nice to see a surprise team win.
     
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    If anyone (none Finn, all Finns no this site) wants to follow all of the games that are played each round go here -> Etusivu | Liiga
    You know, if you want to follow your teams prospects that happen to play in the Liiga :)

    Yes its all in Finnish, but it automatically updates the scores, for all the games, gives even a nice <ding> sound every time
    a team scores a goal.

    If you wanna check the box score, just hover over the score and click. (before the games begin, it shows the line up)
     

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