2020–21 Liiga season

The 2020–21 Liiga season is the 46th season of the Liiga (formerly SM-liiga), the top level of ice hockey in Finland, since the league's formation in 1975. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all the games have been played to a very limited audience or no audience at all.[1] Two teams have temporarily let go of their coaches due to financial reasons: JYP and SaiPa.[2]

2020–21 Liiga
LeagueLiiga
SportIce hockey
DurationOctober 2020 – May 2021
Number of teams15
TV partner(s)Telia
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Regular season
Best recordLukko
Runners-upHIFK
Season MVPRobin Press (Lukko)
Top scorerPetri Kontiola (HPK)
Playoffs
Liiga seasons

TeamsEdit

Location of teams in 2020–2021 Liiga
Team City Head coach Arena Capacity Captain
HIFK Helsinki Jarno Pikkarainen Helsingin jäähalli 8,200 Jere Sallinen
HPK Hämeenlinna Matti Tiilikainen Pohjantähti Areena 5,360 Markus Nenonen
Ilves Tampere Jouko Myrrä Tampereen jäähalli 7,300 Eemeli Suomi
Jukurit Mikkeli Marko Kauppinen12.3.2021[3]
Jari Kauppila
Ikioma Areena 4,200 Jesper Piitulainen
JYP Jyväskylä Mikko Viitanen (27.12.2020–)
Jussi Tupamäki (21.10.2020–27.12.2020)
Pekka Tirkkonen (furloughed 21.10.2020–31.3.2021)
LähiTapiola Areena 4,437 Jani Tuppurainen
KalPa Kuopio Tommi Miettinen Olvi Areena 5,300 Tommi Jokinen
KooKoo Kouvola Jussi Ahokas Lumon Areena 5,950 Alexander Bonsaksen
Kärpät Oulu Mikko Manner Oulun Energia Areena 6,400 Mika Pyörälä
Lukko Rauma Pekka Virta Kivikylän Areena 4,700 Heikki Liedes
Pelicans Lahti Tommi Niemelä Isku Areena 5,371 Hannes Björninen
SaiPa Lappeenranta Ville Hämäläinen (8.11.2020–27.3.2021)
Tero Lehterä (furloughed 8.11.2020–27.3.2021)
Lappeenrannan jäähalli 4,820 Jarno Koskiranta
Sport Vaasa Risto Dufva Vaasan Sähkö Areena 4,164 Erik Riska
Tappara Tampere Jussi Tapola Tampereen jäähalli 7,300 Jukka Peltola
TPS Turku Raimo Helminen Gatorade Center 11,820 Lauri Korpikoski
Ässät Pori Ari-Pekka Selin Isomäki Areena 6,350 Niklas Appelgren

Regular seasonEdit

Top six advanced straight to the quarter-finals, while teams between 7th and 10th positions played a wild card round for the final two spots. The Liiga is a closed series and thus there is no relegation. Due to several games having been cancelled due to COVID-19 cases in various teams in March 2021, not all teams got an even number of games, therefore Liiga decided that the rankings of the regular season will be determined by points per game average.[4]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD W+ Pts PPG Final Result
1 Lukko 60 38 7 15 204 114 90 6 127 2.12 Advance to Quarterfinals
2 HIFK 50 26 11 13 153 113 40 7 96 1.92
3 TPS 59 27 18 14 165 140 25 7 106 1.80
4 Tappara 59 26 13 20 171 151 20 8 99 1.68
5 KalPa 58 25 15 18 152 125 27 7 97 1.67
6 Pelicans 58 25 12 21 169 147 22 10 97 1.67
7 Kärpät 58 25 12 21 143 134 9 10 97 1.67 Advance to Wild-card round
8 Ilves 53 25 10 18 161 142 19 3 88 1.66
9 KooKoo 55 25 11 19 165 125 40 5 91 1.65
10 Sport 54 19 12 23 123 140 −17 6 75 1.39
11 HPK 57 16 19 22 143 172 −29 6 73 1.28
12 Ässät 58 15 15 28 150 193 −43 6 66 1.14
13 SaiPa 53 13 9 31 95 147 −52 3 51 0.96
14 Jukurit 57 13 10 34 120 199 −79 5 54 0.95
15 JYP 59 13 12 34 139 211 −72 4 55 0.93
Source: Liiga

Rules for classification: 1) Points per game; 2) 3-point wins 3) Goal difference; 4) Goals scored; 5) Head-to-head points.[5]

PlayoffsEdit

Contrary to the best of three format used in the past seasons, the wild-card round will take place in two games and the aggregate score decides the team which advances.[6] The remaining rounds will be played in the best-of-5 format instead of the typical best-of-7 format[7]

BracketEdit

  Wild-card round (agg-of-2) Quarter-finals (best-of-5) Semi-finals (best-of-5) Finals (best-of-5)
                                     
  7 Kärpät 7  
  10 Sport 3     1 Lukko 3  
        8 Ilves 0    
      1 Lukko 3  
      4 Tappara 1  
        2 HIFK 3    
        7 Kärpät 0  
    1 Lukko 0
  3 TPS 0
    3 TPS 3  
    6 Pelicans 2    
      2 HIFK 1
      3 TPS 3   Bronze medal game
    4 Tappara 3    
  8 Ilves 6     5 KalPa 1   2 HIFK 7
9 KooKoo 4     4 Tappara 1

Wild-card roundEdit

The worse ranked team will play the first game at home. The aggregate score of the two games decides the winner of the round. There will be no over-time or penalty shoot-outs in the first game even if the score is tied. If the aggregate score is tied after the second game, overtime will be played in 20 minute periods until a goal is scored.[7]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Sport 3–7 Kärpät 2–4 1–3
KooKoo 4–6 Ilves 1–4 3–2

Quarter-finalsEdit

Semi-finalsEdit

Bronze medal gameEdit

6 May 2021
18:30
HIFK7–1
(4–0, 3–0, 0–1)
TapparaHelsinki Ice Hall, Helsinki

FinalsEdit

7 May 2021
18:30
LukkovTPSKivikylän Areena, Rauma
8 May 2021
17:00
LukkovTPSKivikylän Areena, Rauma
10 May 2021TPSvLukkoGatorade Center, Turku

If needed:

11 May 2021TPSvLukkoGatorade Center, Turku
13 May 2021LukkovTPSKivikylän Areena, Rauma

Final rankingsEdit

 
 
  HIFK
4 Tappara
5 KalPa
6 Pelicans
7 Kärpät
8 Ilves
9 KooKoo
10 Sport
11 HPK
12 Ässät
13 SaiPa
14 Jukurit
15 JYP

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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