Swedish Showdown

Oct 30, 2020 | Craig Peterson

A hockey player for Vaxjo Lakers skates up the ice with the puck on his stick.

2005 Game of the Week features top two teams in the country

World Hockey Hub’s Sweden Rankings were released last week, and atop that list were the Växjö Lakers and Frölunda HC respectively. Any controversy over who the No. 1 team in Sweden should be will quickly be resolved when these two teams square off on Saturday.

Both sides come into this meeting undefeated, Växjö at 4-0-0 and Frölunda at 5-0-0 this season. There shouldn’t be a shortage of offense in this one, as both teams are averaging more than 5.5 goals per game. Noah Dower Nilsson and Dennis Carlsson lead the way for the Indians with seven goals each. The Lakers’ Filip Karlsson and Joel Svensson aren’t too far behind with six goals apiece in one less game.

It’s going to be a high-scoring affair with offensive weapons like these on the ice. I like top-ranked Växjö to be just a bit better defensively, and contain Frölunda’s top players just enough to earn a 5-3 win on Saturday.

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