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02-02-2005, 03:54 PM
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Geneva : 18-5-18, 119-125 (2-0-2)

Games remaining : at Ambrì, Lugano, at Langnau

Geneva could beat Lausanne (4-2) and Rapperswil (4-3) at home, but where beaten by Bern (2-1) and in Kloten (5-2). As Kloten and Bern are hot right now, playing .500 hockey saw them coming close from the 9th place.
Andreas Johansson missed three games due to injury, which led to Philippe Bozon tying him for the team lead with 37 points in 37 games. Geoff Sanderson and Serge Aubin start to play a more important role, as they now have 4 points in 7 games, and 3 points in 6 games respectively. Sanderson play on the first line with Michal Grosek (32 pts in 38 games) and Jan Cadieux (21 pts in 40 games), while Aubin is on the second with Bozon and Bruno Brechbühl (9 pts in 38 games).

Kloten : 18-4-19, 112-116 (4-0-0)

Games remaining : at Zug, Ambrì, at Bern

Kloten is the hottest team in the league right now, as they are on a 5 games winning streak. They won away games against Langnau (3-1) and Lausanne (3-2), and recorded two impressive home wins, against Davos (3-2 in OT after tying the game late in the third) and Geneva (5-2 after having trailed 2-0). Their remaining schedule is not easy, as they’ll travel to Zug and face two teams involved in the race for the last playoff berth, finishing the season in Bern.
Kloten’s first line has been on fire lately, with Kimmo Rintanen recording 3 goals and 5 assists in his last four games and easily leading the team with 47 points, 9 more than Domenic Pittis. His linemates are Jeff Halpern (7G 4A in 9 games, including a hat trick in less than 4 minutes against Geneva) and the hard working Sven Lindeman, while Pittis now play on the second line with veteran André Rufener and Roger Rieder. Youngsters Romano Lemm, Patrick Bärtschi and Cyril Bühler are an efficient third line, allowing Kloten to have many offensive weapons for the first time this season.

Bern : 16-7-18, 124-17 (3-1-0)

Games remaining : ZSC, at Zug, Kloten

Bern had to settle for a tie against Rapperswil (3-3), but is now on a three games winning streak (2-1 in Geneva, 6-3 in Fribourg and an impressive 7-2 at home against Ambrì). With three hard games on the schedule, securing a playoff berth will be hard, even considering that the Kloten-Ambrì and Ambrì-Geneva games will help them.
There’s a two player race for the team scoring lead, between Daniel Brière (40pts in 33 games) and Ivo Rüthemann (37pts in 41 games), but Bern’s best player is currently Dany Heatley, who recorded 7 goals and 2 assists in 6 games since coming back from his eye injury, including a hat trick against Ambrì. His 24 points in 16 games rank him second in the league in points per game, behind ZSC’s Randy Robitaille.

Langnau : 12-6-23, 92-144 (1-0-3)

Games remaining : at Lugano, at Fribourg, Geneva

Langnau lost his last chance to grab a playoff spot when they were beaten at home by Kloten (3-1). They followed by a win over Ambrì (4-3) and losses against Zug (6-2) and Davos (3-0). They are now out of playoff contention, but still have to fight to get home ice advantage for the relegation series.
They are the only team in the league who has failed to score 100 goals yet, and even if some guys who should have been key players during the whole season, namely Valeri Shiriaev (19 pts) and Loic Burkhalter (20 pts), started to produce lately, the offense is still limited to Daniel Steiner, Thibault Monnet and Jeff Shantz, who barely touch the 30 pts mark. They still try to find a solution by hiring NHL players, and after Tim Connolly, Rob DiMaio and Fernando Pisani, Richard Park couldn’t solve Langnau’s problem as he only scored 3 goals in 7 games.

Fribourg : 11-7-23, 103-140 (1-1-3)

Games remaining : at Lausanne, Langnau, at Lugano

An home win against Rapperswil (3-1) and a surprise away point against ZSC (3-3) was enough for Fribourg to run away from Lausanne and the last place. They lost their other games, 3-2 in Ambrì and 6-3 against Bern.
Jukka Hentunen is still clearly the best forward with 43 points, 9 more than Valentin Wirz and Mickael Karlberg. Thomas Rhodin is playing well on defense, earning a chance to play for team Sweden next week, while Trevor Letowski could boost the offense with 2 goals and 3 assists in 6 games. Karlberg took advantage of an injury to Richard Lintner to secure the last import player spot.

Lausanne : 9-6-26, 109-150 (0-0-4)

Games remaining : Fribourg, at Davos, ZSC

Lausanne is now on a 8 game winless streak, lately loosing to Geneva (4-2), Lugano (7-1), Kloten (3-2) and Rapperswil (3-1). They now play terribly and a look at their schedule show that the last place is now set in stone.
Two players, Eric Landry and Marko Tuomainen, are tied for the team lead with 36 points, while Oliver Kamber (30 pts) came close by picking up many assists on Tuomainen’s goals. Martin St-Louis is limited to 6 goals in 21 games, added to 15 assists.

(Ambrì's 6-2 win over Lausanne was changed today in a 5-0 Lausanne win after Ambrì broke the import player rules. Lausanne now has 24 points and Ambrì has 41, putting them right in the middle of the playoffs battle)

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