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SHL Betting Tips and SHL Odds

Since 1975, SHL has been at the top of the food chain of Swedish Ice Hockey. The Swedish Hockey League is not only the top league in the country but also one of the most quality leagues in Europe. It is generally perceived as the league with the most highlights, quality players, and most memorable moments.

A league like that deserves its own mention and breakdown. If you are interested in betting on it, we provide you with all the necessary information regarding the league and all the SHL odds you will need.

Sweden Ice Hockey League 2023/24

The 2023/24 season will be the 49th season that the league is played. The Växjö Lakers will be defending their throne won in the final series against Skellefteå AIK by 4-1. Both the Lakers and AIK finished first and second in the regular part of the season, meaning that the two best teams overall played in the finals.

SHL involves 14 teams that play against each other four times during the season, two times at home and two times away. This means that a single team will play 52 games in total during the regular season.

Linus Högberg Swedish SHL

After the regular season concludes, the first eight teams qualify for the quarterfinals, while the teams ranked 7th to 10th go to the eighth-finals of the competition. The bottom two ranked teams actually play against one another to stay up in the league. The loser of the best-out-of-seven series goes down to the lower league and is replaced by the promoted team.

The eighth-final games are played in a best-out-of-five series, while all the games from the quarterfinals and onward are played in the best-out-of-seven format.

SHL Predictions

Like any competitive league, SHL has its own characteristics. This will prompt punters to adapt their tactics and determine their bets on the overall standard of the league. Being that this is one of the strongest ice hockey leagues in Europe, things can get pretty competitive, so if you are to bet on this league, merely checking the SHL odds and picking the favourite is not going to cut it. You need to include various stats and use your best judgement depending on the situation.

SHL Goal Stats

Seasoned punters are good at crunching numbers. If you want to be nearly as good, you have to regularly check the latest SHL odds and look at some stats to help you make your picks. These can be determined by merely checking the goal stats.

For instance, SHL is a good league to bet on goals, particularly as 17.2% of games last season ended up with at least 5 goals scored. Furthermore, 20.5% of games during the 2022/23 SHL season saw 4 goals scored. 

You can also do the same when it comes to periods as well. The previous season saw the most number of goals scored during the 3rd period, meaning that some teams were pushing for a goal as they were trailing or they wanted to get a win.

Period Total Goals Games %
1st Period 1 135 32.2%
2 120 28.6%
2nd Period 1 121 28.9%
2 117 27.9%
3rd Period 1 128 30.5%
2 110 26.3%

The likeliest score last season was actually a draw. A total of 50 games ended with a 2-2 result, which accounts for 11.9% of all games. Surprisingly, a popular score was 4-1, which happened in 28 games, or 6.7% of the times in total. The third most-seen result was 1-2, as the visitors won in 18 games by that score, accounting for 4.3% of the games.

SHL Teams

The 2023/24 Swedish Hockey League season will count 14 teams as the previous. Växjö Lakers enter the season as both the regular season winner and title winners. On the other hand, we said goodbye to Brynäs IF as they lost in the playout against Malmö Redhawks and will be replaced by MoDo Hockey.

Team  City
Växjö Lakers Växjö 
Frölunda HC Gothenburg
Luleå HF Luleå
Örebro HK Örebro
HV71 Jönköping
Skellefteå AIK Skellefteå
Rögle BK Ängelholm
IF Malmö Redhawks  Malmö
Timrå IK Timrå
Färjestad BK Karlstad
Leksands IF Leksand
IK Oskarshamn Oskarshamn
Linköping HC Linköping
MoDo Hockey Örnsköldsvik

SHL Top Players

When it comes to players, you can probably guess how much bigger the league is due to star players appearing in it. The league gathers top talent from Sweden, some of which venture on to other prominent European leagues or even to the NHL. You can also some some internationals from other top ice hockey countries like Finland, Canada, Czechia, and even the US.

Last season, the Finnish international Antti Suomela was the standout player, collecting a total of 66 points while appearing for IK Oskarshamn. He scored 37 goals and added 29 assists in 51 games played.

Right behind him on points was his teammate, Patrik Karlkvist, who scored 23 goals but had 38 assists for 61 total points in all 52 games played.

Pos Top Scorer GP Goals Asists Points
1. Antti Suomela 51 37 29 66
2. Patrik Karlkvist 52 23 38 61
3. Adam Tambellini 49 23 23 46
4. Jonathan Pudas 50 11 34 45
5. Oscar Möller 48 23 21 44

However, as far as official trophies go, the SHL awards the Håkan Loob Trophy, which is given to the player with the most goals during the season.

Season Top Scorer Team Goals
2022/23 Antti Suomela IK Oskarshamn 37
2021/22 Max Véronneau Leksands IF 34
2020/21 Simon Ryfors

Daniel Viksten

Rögle BK

Färjestad BK

2019/20 Broc Little Linköping HC 24
2018/19 Emil Bemström Djurgårdens IF 23

More so, the league also awards the Guldhjälmen award to the most valuable player of the season. The MVP is determined by a vote given by every player in the league.

Year MVP Team
2023 Antti Suomela IK Oskarshamn
2022 Max Véronneau Leksands IF
2021 Marek Hrivík Leksands IF
2020 Kodie Curran Rögle BK
2019 Jacob Josefson Djurgårdens IF

SHL Winners

One of the most decorated SHL teams is Djurgårdens IF, a team that has won a record 16 Swedish Ice Hockey League titles. However, the team from Stockholm hasn’t won any titles since 2001 and has since been relegated to the HockeyAllsvenskan, which is the second-tier league of Swedish ice hockey.

What is even more interesting is that the second-most winningest team in Sweden, Brynäs IF, a team that has won 13 titles, is now also playing in the second hockey league in Sweden. Brynäs was relegated last season, having lost the playout series. Their latest trophy came in 2012.

The SHL season includes both the regular season winner and the playoff winner. However, the same as in the NHL, the winner of the playoffs is viewed as the champion and is awarded the Le Mat Trophy at the end of the season.

At the moment, the most successful team in Sweden are Växjö Lakers. The team may have only won four titles so far. After winning their first in 2015, they won three more in the last six years.

Season Regular Season  Champion Runner-up
2022/23 Växjö Lakers  Växjö Lakers  Skellefteå AIK
2021/22 Rögle BK Färjestad BK  Luleå HF
2020/21 Växjö Lakers  Växjö Lakers  Rögle BK
2019/20 Luleå HF Frölunda HC Djurgårdens IF
2018/19 Färjestad BK  Växjö Lakers  Skellefteå AIK

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