Rapperswil vs. ZSC Lions Prediction, Tips & Odds – Sep. 14, 2022 19:45 CET
The new Swiss NLA hockey season finally gets underway this Wednesday. The vice-champions Zurich open their account with a demanding clash against Rapperswil away from home. Both teams are participating in the Champions League and will enter this game in solid form, so we should be in for an exciting season opener.
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Rapperswil vs. Zurich Odds
Moneyline Odds: 2.00/1.80
Total Over/Under (5.0): 1.85
Rapperswil Team News
The hosts were one of the most pleasant surprises last season and looked like the main title favourites midway through the season. As the end was approaching, Rapperswil started to slowly lose their momentum and in the end finished the regular season in fourth place.
In difference to 2021 when they reached the playoff semi-finals, last year they were knocked out in the quarter-final by Davos. During the preseason they managed to keep their core together and bolstered their squad with two experienced imports from Jokerit, Nicklas Jensen and Jordan Schroeder. Rapperswil are hoping it will be enough to mount another title run.
Zurich Team News
Last season, the most well-known Swiss hockey team failed to bring home their first title after 2018. They seemed unstoppable in the playoffs and had a 3:0 lead in the final. However, Zug managed to pull off one of the most memorable comebacks in European hockey and defeat the famous team in game 7 to lift the trophy.
After making some big moves in the transfer market, expectations are high once again this season. Zurich have set the bar very high this year with their KHL signings. They did lose a couple of important pieces, but brought in Lucas Wallmark from CSKA, Mikko Lehtonen from SKA and goalie Simon Hrubec from Omsk. In addition, they also signed Swiss national team player Dean Kukan, who returns to Europe after a couple of years in the NHL.
Rapperswil vs. Zurich Prediction
Rapperswil are more or less at the same level and are expected to fight for the top. On the other hand, Zurich are much stronger compared to last season and are the main favourites to win the title. Their results in the Champions League suggest that the new imports are already gelling with the team so we will back them to win including overtime and penalties.
Date and time: 14.09.2022 18:45 CET
Prediction: Moneyline – ZSC Lions