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03-21-2013, 01:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Kwayry View Post
Forgive my ignorance about Swedish league, but would this be considered an upset?
Nah, there's only 12 teams in the SEL and the PO's have the last 3 years maybe been very competetive.

There are four teams that has a bit more money than the rest; Färjestad (2nd in the SEL), Frölunda (6th), HV71 (4th) and Linköping (5th).

These teams can afford to basically sign "2nd lineers" from the other teams and play them on their 4th line. When any of those teams really put it together, its can be very hard in the long run for any of the more poor teams to compete. And some years, its been more or less those teams dominating and upsets were rare.

But especially this year, the only team that would be a big upset if beat was Skellefteå, and maybe Färjestad. But HV71 vs Linköping should atleast have been seen as wide open before the series. Its like say SJ playing Vancouver just for example.

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