2011–12 SM-liiga season

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2011–12 SM-liiga
League SM-liiga
Sport Ice hockey
Duration September 2011 – April 2012
Number of teams 14
TV partner(s) UrhoTV, Nelonen
Regular season
Best record KalPa
Runners-up Pelicans
Season MVP Tomáš Záborský
Top scorer Ryan Lasch
Playoffs
Playoffs MVP Jani Tuppurainen
Finals
Champions JYP

The 2011–12 SM-liiga season was the 37th season of the SM-liiga, the top level of ice hockey in Finland, since the league's formation in 1975. The title was won by JYP Jyväskylä who defeated Pelicans Lahti in the finals. The title was 2nd in team history.

Teams[edit]

Team City Head coach Arena Capacity Captain
Assat Ässät Pori Karri Kivi Porin jäähalli 6,481 Ville Uusitalo
Blues Espoo Lauri Marjamäki Barona Areena 6,798 Toni Kähkönen
HIFK Helsinki Petri Matikainen Helsingin jäähalli 8,200 Ville Peltonen
HPK Hämeenlinna Timo Lehkonen Patria-areena 5,360 Marko Tuulola
Ilves Tampere Seppo Hiitelä Tampereen jäähalli 7,600 Martti Järventie
Jokerit Helsinki Erkka Westerlund Hartwall Areena 13,506 Ossi Väänänen
JYP Jyvaskyla Jyväskylä Jyrki Aho Jyväskylän jäähalli 4,618 Juha-Pekka Hytönen
KalPa Kuopio Tuomas Tuokkola Niiralan monttu 5,224 Sami Kapanen
Kärpät Oulu Hannu Aravirta Oulun Energia Areena 6,768 Ilkka Mikkola
Lukko Rauma Juha Vuori Äijänsuo Arena 5,400 Otto Honkaheimo
Pelicans Lahti Kai Suikkanen Isku Areena 5,530 Arttu Luttinen
SaiPa Lappeenranta Ari-Pekka Selin Kisapuisto 4,825 Ville Koho
Tappara Tampere Risto Dufva Tampereen jäähalli 7,600 Pekka Saravo
TPS Turku Pekka Virta Turkuhalli 11,820 Ville Vahalahti
  • Head coaches marked with ‡ took their jobs mid-season.

Regular season[edit]

Each team played four times against every other team (twice home and twice away), getting to 52 games. Additionally, the teams were divided to two groups, where teams would play one extra game. One group included Blues, HIFK, Jokerit, JYP, KalPa, Pelicans and SaiPa, while other had HPK, Ilves, Kärpät, Lukko, Tappara, TPS and Ässät.

Additionally, there were two games where teams could choose the opponents. These were played back-to-back in January and the choices were made in December, with team with lowest point total to that date was able to choose first. These pairs were: Ilves-Tappara, SaiPa-HPK, TPS-Lukko, Kärpät-Blues, JYP-HIFK, Jokerit-Pelicans and Ässät-KalPa.

Top six advanced straight to quarter-finals, while teams between 7th and 10th positions played wild card round for the final two spots. The last-placed team Ilves will play best-of-seven series against Mestis winner Sport.

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA +/− P
KalPa 60 34 3 7 16 180 139 +41 115
Pelicans 60 30 9 3 18 213 155 +58 111
HIFK 60 33 6 0 21 194 149 +45 111
JYP 60 30 7 4 19 168 122 +46 108
Ässät 60 31 4 5 20 189 150 +39 106
Jokerit 60 24 8 13 15 183 155 +28 101
Kärpät 60 29 4 4 23 164 148 +16 99
Blues 60 18 9 10 23 148 165 -17 82
Lukko 60 21 7 4 28 162 167 -5 81
TPS 60 21 6 3 30 134 180 -46 78
SaiPa 60 18 5 13 24 155 176 -21 77
Tappara 60 20 4 5 31 132 188 -56 73
HPK 60 15 6 5 34 132 201 -69 62
Ilves 60 10 8 10 32 140 199 -59 56

Playoffs[edit]

Wild card round (best-of-three)[edit]

Kärpät-TPS 2-0

Kärpät-TPS 4-1
TPS-Kärpät 1-2

Blues-Lukko 2-1

Blues-Lukko 1-0 (OT)
Lukko-Blues 2-0
Blues-Lukko 6-3

Quarterfinals (best-of-seven)[edit]

KalPa-Blues 3-4

KalPa-Blues 3-1
Blues-KalPa 0-1
KalPa-Blues 5-0
Blues-KalPa 3-1
KalPa-Blues 2-5
Blues-KalPa 4-3 (OT)
KalPa-Blues 1-4
  • Blues became first team in SM-liiga history to overcome 0-3 deficit to win the series.


Pelicans-Kärpät 4-3

Pelicans-Kärpät 5-0
Kärpät-Pelicans 4-3 (OT)
Pelicans-Kärpät 1-4
Kärpät-Pelicans 4-1
Pelicans-Kärpät 4-2
Kärpät-Pelicans 3-4 (OT)
Pelicans-Kärpät 3-2


HIFK-Jokerit 0-4

HIFK-Jokerit 1-3
Jokerit-HIFK 3-2 (OT)
HIFK-Jokerit 1-3
Jokerit-HIFK 2-0


JYP-Ässät 4-0

JYP-Ässät 4-1
Ässät-JYP 1-2
JYP-Ässät 4-3
Ässät-JYP 1-4

Semifinals (best-of-seven)[edit]


Pelicans-Blues 4-1

Pelicans-Blues 5-3
Blues-Pelicans 1-3
Pelicans-Blues 1-2 (OT)
Blues-Pelicans 4-6
Pelicans-Blues 2-1


JYP-Jokerit 4-1

JYP-Jokerit 2-1 (OT)
Jokerit-JYP 2-3
JYP-Jokerit 3-2 (2OT)
Jokerit-JYP 2-1
JYP-Jokerit 3-2 (OT)

Bronze Medal Game[edit]

Jokerit-Blues 4-3 (2OT)

Finals (best-of-seven)[edit]

Pelicans-JYP 1-4

Pelicans-JYP 2-0
JYP-Pelicans 6-2
Pelicans-JYP 1-4
JYP-Pelicans 5-4 (OT)
Pelicans-JYP 1-2 (OT)

Relegation (best-of-seven)[edit]


Ilves-Sport 4-1

Ilves-Sport 6-1
Sport-Ilves 1-5
Ilves-Sport 0-2
Sport-Ilves 2-3 (OT)
Ilves-Sport 4-0