Winterthur vs Langenthal | Swiss Ice Hockey – Nov. 16, 2021
After the international break Swiss NLB will resume tonight with four interesting matches on the schedule. One of them is a clash between 10th-placed Winterthur and seventh Langenthal. Both of these teams went through some difficulties this season which had a massive impact on their results and league positions. Tonight after a 10-day break both teams will look to kick-start their season again with a win.
It seems as if Winterthur´s goalie problems are never-ending. At the start of the season their first-choice goalkeeper Damian Stettler almost suffered a season-ending injury. His replacements Jan Rutz and Gian-Marco Bamert also got injured couple of weeks before the break. That meant they had to rely on their youngsters Brennwald and Baumann which did not end well. With inexperienced youngsters in goal they suffered three straight losses and failed to score a single goal conceding a total of 15 goals.
During the break they had plenty of time to reorganize. As an attempt to resolve their goalie issues they decided to loan in young Andri Henauer from Bern. He already played in NLB this season for La Chaux-de-Fonds but had a tough time adjusting and was released after only a couple of games. He has a lot of potential and experience from national youth selections so this move could be a blessing in disguise for both him and his new club.
Langenthal entered the season with the goal to fight for promotion. They started off more than well winning their first four games but then collapsed. Injury problems caused inconsistent performances but lately they are starting to look more like their old selves.
During the break they released one of their foreign attackers Roope Ranta who came in as a replacement for their best player Eero Elo who got injured at the start of the season. Because of that their offense has not been at its usual level. Defensively they were always a force in this league but not this season. With an experienced goalkeeper like Pascal Caminada they should not be conceding three goals per game. That will have to change that after the break if they want to stand a chance of finishing in top 6.
Pick we are suggesting has solid value statistically but there is more to it than just pure stats. Despite all of their absences, hosts have a new and very talented goalie who should lift their defensive performances. On the other hand, they are still struggling to score and Langenthal is not an opponent to get your offense going. Guests are also desperate for a win so we expect a game with less than seven goals in regulation.
Pick: Total Under 6.5
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