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The 2017–18 SHL season was the 43rd season of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). The season began in September 2017, and the regular season ended in March 2018, to be followed by the Swedish Championship playoffs, as well as relegation playoffs. The league consisted of 14 teams. The only new addition for this season was Mora IK, who replaced Leksands IF after defeating them in the 2017 SHL qualifiers.[1]

2017–18 SHL season
LeagueSweden Swedish Hockey League
SportIce hockey
DurationSeptember 2017 – April 2018
Regular season
First placeVäxjö Lakers
Top scorerElias Pettersson (Växjö)
Playoffs
Playoffs MVPElias Pettersson
Finals championsVäxjö Lakers
  Runners-upSkellefteå AIK
SHL seasons

Contents

Regular seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Växjö Lakers 52 34 6 2 10 169 104 +65 116 Qualification to Quarter-finals
2 Djurgårdens IF 52 23 9 8 12 153 111 +42 95
3 Frölunda HC 52 25 7 5 15 159 137 +22 94
4 Färjestad BK 52 23 6 6 17 174 145 +29 87
5 Skellefteå AIK 52 26 3 3 20 145 118 +27 87
6 Malmö Redhawks 52 20 8 10 14 152 138 +14 86
7 Luleå HF 52 19 10 4 19 128 117 +11 81 Qualification to Round of 16
8 HV71 52 21 6 6 19 145 143 +2 81
9 Linköpings HC 52 21 3 9 19 135 130 +5 78
10 Brynäs IF 52 21 2 3 26 132 148 −16 70
11 Rögle BK 52 16 4 5 27 132 169 −37 61
12 Örebro HK 52 14 4 8 26 121 151 −30 58
13 Mora IK 52 13 5 2 32 104 163 −59 51 Qualification to Relegation playoffs
14 Karlskrona HK 52 11 4 6 31 101 176 −75 47
Updated to match(es) played on 10 March 2018. Source: SHL.se
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored

StatisticsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

List shows the ten best skaters based on the number of points during the regular season. If two or more skaters are tied (i.e. same number of points, goals and played games), all of the tied skaters are shown.

As of 10 March 2018[2]

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
  Elias Pettersson Växjö Lakers 44 24 32 56 +27 14
  Ryan Lasch Frölunda HC 49 15 40 55 +4 18
  Joakim Lindström Skellefteå AIK 46 16 34 50 +17 63
  Pär Lindholm Skellefteå AIK 49 18 29 47 +18 28
  Johan Ryno Färjestad BK 46 9 37 46 +13 28
  Dick Axelsson Färjestad BK 48 21 24 45 +8 44
  Aaron Palushaj Brynäs IF 51 19 26 45 –3 42
  Victor Olofsson Frölunda HC 50 27 16 43 +1 8
  Oscar Möller Skellefteå AIK 49 18 24 42 +15 6
  Andrew Calof Växjö Lakers 52 24 17 41 +17 14

Leading goaltendersEdit

These are the leaders in GAA among goaltenders who played at least 40% of the team's minutes. The table is sorted by GAA, and the criteria for inclusion are bolded.

As of 10 March 2018[3]

GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average

Player Team GP TOI GA SO Sv% GAA
  Adam Reideborn Djurgårdens IF 30 1817:38 48 2 93.70 1.58
  Gustaf Lindvall Skellefteå AIK 21 1256:33 38 2 93.04 1.81
  Viktor Fasth Växjö Lakers 33 1937:13 65 6 91.78 2.01
  Joel Lassinantti Luleå HF 34 1923:30 68 4 91.46 2.12
  Johan Mattsson Frölunda HC 24 1296:53 48 2 91.41 2.22
  Joacim Eriksson Djurgårdens IF 24 1343:03 51 2 91.27 2.28
  Jonas Gustavsson Linköpings HC 36 2047:10 80 3 91.63 2.34
  Oscar Alsenfelt Malmö Redhawks 36 2090:31 82 2 91.48 2.35
  Lars Haugen Färjestad BK 31 1794:26 71 1 91.53 2.37
  Joni Ortio Skellefteå AIK 31 1846:33 74 2 91.14 2.40

PlayoffsEdit

Ten teams qualify for the playoffs. Teams 1–6 have a bye to the quarterfinals, while teams 7–10 meet each other in a preliminary playoff round.[4]

Playoff bracketEdit

In the first round the 7th-ranked team will meet the 10th-ranked team and the 8th-ranked team will meet the 9th-ranked team for a place in the second round. In the second round, the top-ranked team will meet the lowest-ranked winner of the first round, the 2nd-ranked team will face the other winner of the first round, the 3rd-ranked team will face the 6th-ranked team, and the 4th-ranked team will face the 5th-ranked team. In the third round, the highest remaining seed is matched against the lowest remaining seed. In each round the higher-seeded team is awarded home advantage. In the first round the meetings are played as best-of-three series and the rest is best-of-seven series that follows an alternating home team format: the higher-seeded team will play at home for games 1 and 3 (plus 5 and 7 if necessary), and the lower-seeded team will be at home for game 2 and 4 (plus 6 if necessary).[4]

  Wild-card round Quarter-finals Semi-finals Finals
                                     
  1 Växjö Lakers 4  
10 Brynäs IF 1  
7 Luleå HF 1     1 Växjö Lakers 4  
10 Brynäs IF 2     6 Malmö Redhawks 0  
2 Djurgårdens IF 4
  9 Linköpings HC 1  
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first and second round)   1 Växjö Lakers 4
  5 Skellefteå AIK 0
  3 Frölunda HC 2  
6 Malmö Redhawks 4  
8 HV71 0     2 Djurgårdens IF 2
9 Linköpings HC 2     5 Skellefteå AIK 4  
4 Färjestad BK 2
  5 Skellefteå AIK 4  

Round of 16Edit

The teams ranked 7 and 10, and the teams ranked 8 and 9, respectively, will face each other in a best-of-three series in order to qualify for the quarter-finals. The better-ranked teams in the two series will receive home advantage, i.e. two home games, if necessary. The two winners will take the two remaining quarter-final spots.

(7) Luleå HF vs. (10) Brynäs IFEdit

Brynäs IF won series 2–1


(8) HV71 vs. (9) Linköpings HCEdit

Linköpings HC won series 2–0


Quarter-finalsEdit

(1) Växjö Lakers vs. (10) Brynäs IFEdit

Växjö Lakers won series 4–1


(2) Djurgårdens IF vs. (9) Linköpings HCEdit

Djurgårdens IF won series 4–1


(3) Frölunda HC vs. (6) Malmö RedhawksEdit

Malmö Redhawks won series 4–2


(4) Färjestad BK vs. (5) Skellefteå AIKEdit

Skellefteå AIK won series 4–2


Semi-finalsEdit

(1) Växjö Lakers vs. (6) Malmö RedhawksEdit

Växjö Lakers won series 4–0


(2) Djurgårdens IF vs. (5) Skellefteå AIKEdit

Skellefteå AIK won series 4–2


FinalsEdit

(1) Växjö Lakers vs. (5) Skellefteå AIKEdit

Växjö Lakers won series 4–0


StatisticsEdit

Playoff scoring leadersEdit

List shows the ten best skaters based on the number of points during the playoffs. If two or more skaters are tied (i.e. same number of points, goals and played games), all of the tied skaters are shown. Updated as of April 22, 2018.[5]
GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
  Elias Pettersson Växjö Lakers 13 10 9 19 +17 4
  Robert Rosén Växjö Lakers 10 8 6 14 +16 6
  Oscar Möller Skellefteå AIK 16 8 5 13 +5 6
  Pär Lindholm Skellefteå AIK 16 6 5 11 +2 16
  Markus Ljungh Djurgårdens IF 11 4 7 11 +4 4
  Eric Martinsson Växjö Lakers 13 3 8 11 +15 18
  Tuomas Kiiskinen Växjö Lakers 13 4 6 10 +16 6
  Patrik Lundh Djurgårdens IF 11 2 8 10 +4 2
  Brendan Shinnimin Växjö Lakers 13 2 8 10 +5 30
  Jonathan Pudas Skellefteå AIK 16 0 10 10 +1 8

Playoff leading goaltendersEdit

These are the leaders in GAA and save percentage among goaltenders who played at least 40% of the team's minutes. The table is sorted by GAA, and the criteria for inclusion are bolded. Updated as of April 22, 2018.[6]

GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average

Player Team GP TOI GA SO Sv% GAA
Fasth, Viktor   Viktor Fasth Växjö Lakers 9 502:45 12 3 93.41 1.43
Gunnarsson, Jonas   Jonas Gunnarsson Malmö Redhawks 6 368:16 9 1 94.74 1.47
Ortio, Joni   Joni Ortio Skellefteå AIK 14 911:30 38 1 92.13 2.50
Gustafsson, Johan   Johan Gustafsson Frölunda HC 6 353:24 15 0 88.81 2.55
Reideborn, Adam   Adam Reideborn Djurgårdens IF 10 663:01 29 0 89.61 2.62
Gustavsson, Jonas   Jonas Gustavsson Linköpings HC 5 317:17 14 0 91.86 2.65
Haugen, Lars   Lars Haugen Färjestad BK 6 300:28 14 0 92.22 2.80

SHL awardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mora är tillbaka i SHL – Leksands IF åker ur". Expressen. 1 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Statistik - SHL.se". SHL. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Statistik - SHL.se". SHL. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  4. ^ a b "SERIEBESTÄMMELSER och VERKSAMHETSPLAN Säsongen 2017/2018" (PDF). Swedish Ice Hockey Association.
  5. ^ "Statistik - SHL.se". Swedish Hockey League.
  6. ^ "Statistik - SHL.se". Swedish Hockey League.