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06-28-2011, 08:49 AM
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The Saw Is the Law
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Originally Posted by Lugaid View Post
Well there are some games occasionally between Finnish/Swedish teams, Nordic Trophy for example, which is usually quite interesting to follow. I think it's safe to say that the finnish league is a little bit quicker and more aggressive, while the SEL is perhaps more tactically developed and "slow and steady". However, finnish teams usually win over swedish teams in those tournaments, not sure why, people usually say that swedish teams don't care enough about those tournaments, but I don't think that's true.
I believe thats because Finnish teams can easily play their own style against Swedes. Hard forecheck, keep pressure on D-men, hits. But Swedish teams can't play their 'own' game.

SM-liiga was in decline early 2000's. Some pp still say league was better in 90's but I don't believe it. If I look old tapes the game looks horrible. 90's SM-liiga > 90's Elitserien, 00's Elitserien > 00's SM-liiga, but definitely 10's SM-liiga > 90's SM-liiga

Elitserien may be still better but the gap is not as big as before.

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