– With one quarterfinal game and the semifinals left to be played, it is unusually hard to predict who will win the SM-gold on the women’s side. It feels like the remaining teams are more even than ever. I have seen most of the women’s quarterfinals and have pretty good tabs on the teams’ shape. IKSU, Kais Mora and Pixbo won their quarters with 3-0 in games. It can sound clear and simple but if you look to the individual games, it was tight at times. IKSU won the series in a great style, they did the most goals and let in the least – are big favorites. IKSU only lost four points against the other semifinal teams in the series. The simplest would be to answer IKSU on the question on who wins the SM-gold, so what speaks against them? The final is played in one single game and IKSU’s nice troop width had been a bigger advantage at a longer final series. They aren’t used to top the team, they often plays on three chains and now in the playoffs – on five defenders. IKSU have in the latest years, despite a strong troop and good series play, not gotten to the final. Best when it matters most hasn’t been IKSU’s melody and that can put wrong thoughts in the heads of the players.
The similarities between Kais Mora and Täby are more, they pretty much live on their first fives, have a leader each in the centers Anna Wijk and Jennifer Stålhult and it feels like both teams have stepped up in the playoffs. Several players have risen since the series trot and the tip players are of world class. The question marks in Täby are Louise Wickström’s shape, she was injured for a longer period and is important for the team as well as Matilda Sjödin was knee injured in the second quarterfinal. The national team goalie Emelie Frisk gets to sit on the bench and Alexandra Durling has gotten the chance which she has done really well. But she lacks experience of big games.
Wickström is on her way back to nice shape, in the fifth game against Endre she did important goals. Matilda Sjödin has gotten the clear sign from the doctor to play again, but was missing from today’s game. We’ll get to see when/if she comes back again. Emelie Frisk was back in the goal and really good. Important for Täby!
In Mora they have tampered with the first chain and the shooting queen Amanda Wall is now housed in the second formation. Answer: one point in the playoffs. Here Mora has savings to take from. Pixbo’s defense feels the strongest and they have Sweden’s best goalie in Sara Hjorting. However a bigger player turnover for the season and question marks for the offense. Definitely the least amount of goals scored in the series by the teams that are qualified for the semifinal. I predict that the foremost challenger for IKSU is Kais Mora and in one final IKSU are only barely favorites. It can end up any which way.
The semifinals will be hyper exciting!
Since I have predicted IKSU as winners in the final and Kais Mora as the biggest challengers, you understand how I predict the semifinals. But again, it will be hard, can end up the opposite…
The semifinal teams’ meeting in the series:
Kais Mora-Täby 2-3
Täby-Kais Mora 8-3
– will there be a word fight between Harnesk and Eliasson?
– Pixbo had eight straight victories against IKSU before the season’s series play, but they have now öost twice. Does IKSU now own the mental advantage?
– Therese Andersson has evolved her own strength, she marked Anna Wijk in the series – with good results, and Sara Steen in the quarterfinals – sometimes more, sometimes less. Does Andersson get orders from coach Jedheim about removing Wijk again? Low odds…
– will IKSU go down on two chains?
– which of Pixbo’s young talented forwards will become the playoff’s exclamation points?
– will Matilda Sjödin make it back? It’s definitely screwed for Ranja Varli. Unfortunately.
– will Amanda Wall do her first playoffs point this year in the semifinals?
– constantly national team merited goalies in the semifinals, Malin Marklund, Sara Hjorting, Amanda Hill and Emelie Frisk. Who will be match winner?
– What dream semifinals we get on the men’s side! Two experienced and merited final teams in Falun and Storvreta, while Mullsjö and Växjö are interesting challengers. To me Falun and Storvreta have been favorites beforehand, but now the teams meet in the semifinal already. There I think that Falun gets the longest straw in a tight game series. Mostly because they have more game winners and there is uncertainty around Storvreta’s star Alexander Rudd? There’s no high odds that the game series between Växjö and Mullsjö goes to seven games. Two teams worth seeing that have good coaches, it will be a tactical fight. Hard to predict who goes winning from the fight, but Mullsjö’s quarterfinal win against Linköping impresses so I believe in them for the final. The feeling is that Falun has more to give, that they haven’t played on top in the playoffs yet. If Thomas ”Brolle” Brottman gets the pieces together I think that Falun wins their fourth SM-gold since I think that they have the troop with the most sharpness and plays a attractive floorball. The latter doesn’t hav to mean that the team wins games, but if all national team players perform as well as they can do – well then Falun wins the SM-final.