Villach vs Vienna Capitals
Villach sits in 8th place in the Austrian hockey league, with rather theoretical chances to find a place at top 6 when the teams divide into two groups at the end of the next week and with only two victories from the last six rounds (1-1-0-4 16/16).
The hosts haven’t won three consecutive games this season, which speaks enough for their inconstancy and in addition to that, Villach won just six in its previous 21 games against opponents from the upper half of the standings (3-3-1-14 45/64).
In the matter of fact, the hosts won two consecutive games prior to their defeat in Znojmo on Tuesday (1-3), but those two victories came against the last two teams in the standings: an 8-2 home win against Olimpija Ljubljana on Dec. 30 and a 3-2 overtime victory in Dornbirn two days later.
Vienna Capitals come into the game on the back of ten consecutive victories, five of them on the road against Fehervar (3-2 OT), Innsbruck (4-1), Dornbirn (4-0), Bolzano (3-2 SO) and Linz (3-1).
The Capitals’ defensive line has been rock solid in recent weeks, as the guests conceded one or fewer goals eight times during the 10-game winning streak (8-2-0-0 35/9).At the same time, this team owns the league’s second-best offense, scoring a total of 139 goals in thirty-nine games and three or more goals in every of its last five games against Olimpija Ljubljana (5-0/home), Linz (3-1/away), Dornbirn (4-1/home), Fehervar (3-0/home) and Innsbruck on Wednesday (4-1/home).
Vienna Capitals are in great shape in this moment, the guests rarely make mistakes against opponents from the lower half of the standings (just three defeats in twenty games) and I think that they will manage to win that game, most probably in regulation time.
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