2012–13 SM-liiga season

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2012–13 SM-liiga
LeagueSM-liiga
SportIce hockey
DurationSeptember 2012 – April 2013
Number of teams14
TV partner(s)UrhoTV, Nelonen
Regular season
Best recordJokerit
Runners-upTappara
Season MVPAntti Raanta
Top scorerJuha-Pekka Haataja
Playoffs
Playoffs MVPAntti Raanta
Finals
ChampionsÄssät
  Runners-upTappara
Seasons

The 2012–13 SM-liiga season was the 38th 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 Ässät Pori who defeated Tappara Tampere in the finals.

Teams[edit]

Team City Head coach Arena Capacity Captain
Ässät Pori Karri Kivi Porin jäähalli 6,481 Ville Uusitalo
Blues Espoo Mikko Saarinen Barona Areena 6,798 Arto Laatikainen
HIFK Helsinki Raimo Summanen Helsingin jäähalli 8,200 Ville Peltonen
HPK Hämeenlinna Ari-Pekka Selin Ritarihalli 5,360 Ville Viitaluoma
Ilves Tampere Tuomas Tuokkola Tampereen jäähalli 7,600 Erkki Rajamäki
Jokerit Helsinki Tomi Lämsä Hartwall Areena 13,349 Ossi Väänänen
JYP Jyväskylä Jyrki Aho Synergia-areena 4,500 Éric Perrin
KalPa Kuopio Jari Laukkanen Niiralan monttu 5,004 Sami Kapanen
Kärpät Oulu Hannu Aravirta Oulun Energia Areena 6,768 Ilkka Mikkola
Lukko Rauma Risto Dufva Äijänsuo Arena 5,400 Otto Honkaheimo
Pelicans Lahti Kai Suikkanen Isku Areena 5,534 Tommi Paakkolanvaara
SaiPa Lappeenranta Pekka Tirkkonen Kisapuisto 4,825 Ville Koho
Tappara Tampere Jukka Rautakorpi Tampereen jäähalli 7,600 Tuukka Mäntylä
TPS Turku Juha Pajuoja HK Arena 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 Ässät, Blues, HIFK, Jokerit, Kärpät, Lukko and TPS, while other had HPK, Ilves, JYP, KalPa, Pelicans, SaiPa and Tappara.

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: Pelicans-Ilves, TPS-Lukko, Ässät-Blues, HIFK-HPK, Tappara-Jokerit, Kärpät-KalPa and SaiPa-JYP.

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 had to play best-of-seven series against Mestis winner Jukurit.

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA +/− P
Jokerit 60 28 10 7 15 168 136 +32 111
Tappara 60 29 7 7 17 178 145 +33 108
JYP 60 28 5 9 18 161 142 +19 103
Ässät 60 27 8 5 20 160 130 +30 102
KalPa 60 24 9 7 20 172 145 +27 97
HPK 60 20 12 12 16 157 144 +13 96
Kärpät 60 23 9 6 22 172 150 +22 93
HIFK 60 26 3 7 24 153 163 -10 91
SaiPa 60 23 7 6 24 162 173 -11 89
Lukko 60 24 3 8 25 151 170 -19 86
Pelicans 60 22 7 3 28 163 180 -17 83
Blues 60 21 6 5 28 151 164 -13 80
TPS 60 12 8 12 28 144 182 -38 64
Ilves 60 13 6 6 35 124 193 -69 57

Playoffs[edit]

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

Kärpät-Lukko 1-2

Kärpät-Lukko 4-5
Lukko-Kärpät 2-4
Kärpät-Lukko 2-3 (OT)

HIFK-SaiPa 2-1

HIFK-SaiPa 2-3 (OT)
SaiPa-HIFK 2-3 (OT)
HIFK-SaiPa 5-2

Quarterfinals (best-of-seven)[edit]

Jokerit-Lukko 2-4

Jokerit-Lukko 3-0
Lukko-Jokerit 5-2
Jokerit-Lukko 3-4 (OT)
Lukko-Jokerit 2-1
Jokerit-Lukko 5-2
Lukko-Jokerit 3-1


Tappara-HIFK 4-1

Tappara-HIFK 3-1
HIFK-Tappara 1-4
Tappara-HIFK 3-2
HIFK-Tappara 3-2
Tappara-HIFK 3-1


JYP-HPK 4-1

JYP-HPK 3-1
HPK-JYP 3-2
JYP-HPK 4-2
HPK-JYP 2-3 (OT)
JYP-HPK 5-1


Ässät-KalPa 4-1

Ässät-KalPa 2-1
KalPa-Ässät 0-2
Ässät-KalPa 5-2
KalPa-Ässät 5-0
Ässät-KalPa 3-0

Semifinals (best-of-seven)[edit]


Tappara-Lukko 4-0

Tappara-Lukko 3-2 (OT)
Lukko-Tappara 3-4 (OT)
Tappara-Lukko 3-0
Lukko-Tappara 0-5


JYP-Ässät 1-4

JYP-Ässät 3-4 (OT)
Ässät-JYP 2-0
JYP-Ässät 1-4
Ässät-JYP 1-2
JYP-Ässät 0-1

Bronze Medal Game[edit]

JYP-Lukko 2-0

Finals (best-of-seven)[edit]

Tappara-Ässät 2-4

Tappara-Ässät 2-1
Ässät-Tappara 5-1
Tappara-Ässät 3-2
Ässät-Tappara 4-0
Tappara-Ässät 1-2 (OT)
Ässät-Tappara 3-2

Relegation (best-of-seven)[edit]


Ilves-Jukurit 4-1

Ilves-Jukurit 2-0
Jukurit-Ilves 1-3
Ilves-Jukurit 2-1 (OT)
Jukurit-Ilves 7-4
Ilves-Jukurit 4-2

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