2018–19 SHL season

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2018–19 SHL season
LeagueSweden Swedish Hockey League
SportIce hockey
DurationSeptember 2018 – April 2019
Regular season
First placeFärjestad BK
Top scorerRyan Lasch (Frölunda)
Playoffs
Playoffs MVPRyan Lasch
Finals championsFrölunda HC (5th title)
  Runners-upDjurgårdens IF
SHL seasons
2019–20 →

The 2018–19 SHL season was the 44th season of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). The regular season began in September 2018 and ended in March 2019. It was followed by the Swedish Championship playoffs and the relegation playoffs. The league consisted of 14 teams. The only new addition for this season was Timrå IK, who replaced Karlskrona HK after defeating them in the 2018 SHL qualifiers.[1]

Färjestad BK won the regular season, and Frölunda HC won the Swedish Championship.

Teams[edit]

Team City Arena Capacity
Brynäs IF Gävle Gavlerinken Arena 8,585
Djurgårdens IF Stockholm Hovet 8,094
Frölunda HC Gothenburg Scandinavium 12,044
Färjestad BK Karlstad Löfbergs Arena 8,647
HV71 Jönköping Kinnarps Arena 7,000
Linköpings HC Linköping Saab Arena 8,500
Luleå HF Luleå Coop Norrbotten Arena 6,300
Malmö Redhawks Malmö Malmö Arena 13,000
Mora IK Mora Jalas Arena 4,500
Rögle BK Ängelholm Lindab Arena 5,150
Skellefteå AIK Skellefteå Skellefteå Kraft Arena 6,001
Timrå IK Timrå NHK Arena 6,000
Växjö Lakers Växjö Vida Arena 5,700
Örebro HK Örebro Behrn Arena 5,150

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Each team plays 52 games, playing each of the other thirteen teams four times: twice on home ice, and twice away from home. Points are awarded for each game, where three points are awarded for winning in regulation time, two points for winning in overtime or shootout, one point for losing in overtime or shootout, and zero points for losing in regulation time. At the end of the regular season, the team that finishes with the most points is crowned the league champion.

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Färjestad BK 52 28 6 5 13 165 114 +51 101 Qualification to Quarter-finals
2 Luleå HF 52 25 11 4 12 138 100 +38 101
3 Frölunda HC 52 24 8 4 16 152 134 +18 92
4 Djurgårdens IF 52 23 5 7 17 149 120 +29 86
5 Skellefteå AIK 52 19 10 7 16 142 124 +18 84
6 Malmö Redhawks 52 21 8 3 20 136 125 +11 82
7 Växjö Lakers 52 22 3 10 17 123 120 +3 82 Qualification to Eighth-finals
8 HV71 52 24 1 6 21 136 125 +11 80
9 Rögle BK 52 20 4 7 21 130 143 −13 75
10 Örebro HK 52 16 7 7 22 130 146 −16 69
11 Brynäs IF 52 17 2 14 19 116 145 −29 69
12 Linköpings HC 52 15 8 6 23 130 143 −13 67
13 Mora IK 52 13 9 3 27 126 167 −41 60 Qualification to Relegation playoffs
14 Timrå IK 52 10 5 4 33 115 182 −67 44
Updated to match(es) played on 14 March 2019. Source: SHL.se
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored

Statistics[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

The following players led the league in points, at the conclusion of matches played on 14 March 2019.[2] If two or more skaters are tied (i.e. same number of points, goals and played games), all of the tied skaters are shown.

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
United States Ryan Lasch Frölunda HC 46 12 38 50 –11 18
Sweden Joakim Lindström Skellefteå AIK 48 18 24 42 +9 20
Canada Derek Roy Linköpings HC 49 8 34 42 +8 28
Finland Jesse Virtanen Färjestad BK 52 6 35 41 +16 47
Sweden Markus Ljungh HV71 52 16 24 40 +7 8
Austria Konstantin Komarek Malmö Redhawks 49 13 26 39 +2 18
Sweden Oscar Möller Skellefteå AIK 51 19 19 38 +11 8
Sweden Ted Brithén Rögle BK 46 12 26 38 +7 12
United States Ryan Gunderson Brynäs IF 52 8 30 38 +2 18
Sweden Oskar Steen Färjestad BK 46 17 20 37 +17 49

Leading goaltenders[edit]

The following goaltenders led the league in goals against average, provided that they have played at least 40% of their team's minutes, at the conclusion of matches played on 14 March 2019.[3]

Player Team GP TOI W T L GA SO Sv% GAA
Sweden Joel Lassinantti Luleå HF 42 2498:16 26 6 10 70 5 93.10 1.68
Sweden Adam Reideborn Djurgårdens IF 39 2317:50 22 5 12 72 3 92.90 1.86
Sweden Viktor Fasth Växjö Lakers 35 2081:39 16 3 15 69 4 91.88 1.99
Sweden Adam Werner Färjestad BK 26 1485:13 15 3 6 50 3 92.63 2.02
Sweden Markus Svensson Färjestad BK 31 1644:35 17 2 9 57 5 91.97 2.08
Sweden Johan Mattsson Frölunda HC 28 1586:07 17 1 8 56 1 91.82 2.12
Sweden Oscar Alsenfelt Malmö Redhawks 37 2119:04 18 5 11 76 1 92.39 2.15
Lithuania Mantas Armalis Skellefteå AIK 32 1901:16 14 5 13 69 4 91.67 2.18
Sweden Jonas Gunnarsson HV71 34 1999:11 15 2 17 78 6 90.98 2.34
Sweden Jonas Gustavsson Linköpings HC 36 2038:53 18 2 14 85 2 91.67 2.50

Playoffs[edit]

Ten teams qualify for the playoffs: the top six teams in the regular season have a bye to the quarterfinals, while teams ranked seventh to tenth meet each other (7 versus 10, 8 versus 9) in a preliminary playoff round.[4]

Playoff bracket[edit]

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]

  Eighth-finals
Swedish: Åttondelsfinal
Quarter-finals
Swedish: Kvartsfinal
Semi-finals Finals
                                     
  1 Färjestad BK 4  
8 HV71 3  
7 Växjö Lakers 2     2 Luleå HF 1  
10 Örebro HK 0     3 Frölunda HC 4  
2 Luleå HF 4
  7 Växjö Lakers 1  
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first and second round)   3 Frölunda HC 4
  4 Djurgårdens IF 2
  3 Frölunda HC 4  
6 Malmö Redhawks 1  
8 HV71 2     1 Färjestad BK 3
9 Rögle BK 0     4 Djurgårdens IF 4  
4 Djurgårdens IF 4
  5 Skellefteå AIK 2  

Eighth-finals[edit]

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) Växjö Lakers vs. (10) Örebro HK[edit]

Växjö Lakers won series 2–0


(8) HV71 vs. (9) Rögle BK[edit]

HV71 won series 2–0


Quarter-finals[edit]

(1) Färjestad BK vs. (8) HV71[edit]

Game 5 of this series was the second-longest Elitserien/SHL playoff game, with Oskar Steen's game-winning goal coming after 57:01 of overtime.[5]


Färjestad BK won series 4–3


(2) Luleå HF vs. (7) Växjö Lakers[edit]

Luleå HF won series 4–1


(3) Frölunda HC vs. (6) Malmö Redhawks[edit]

Frölunda HC won series 4–1


(4) Djurgårdens IF vs. (5) Skellefteå AIK[edit]

Djurgårdens IF won series 4–2


Semi-finals[edit]

(1) Färjestad BK vs. (4) Djurgårdens IF[edit]

Djurgårdens IF won series 4–3

* Note: Game 6 was played at Ericsson Globe.

(2) Luleå HF vs. (3) Frölunda HC[edit]

Frölunda HC won series 4–1


Finals[edit]

(3) Frölunda HC vs. (4) Djurgårdens IF[edit]

Frölunda HC won series 4–2

* Note: Game 4 was played at Hovet.

Statistics[edit]

Playoff scoring leaders[edit]

The following players led the league in points, at the conclusion of matches played on 2 May 2019. If two or more skaters are tied (i.e. same amount of points, goals and played games), all of the tied skaters are shown.[6]

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
United States Ryan Lasch Frölunda HC 16 6 13 19 +7 4
United States Rhett Rakhshani Frölunda HC 16 4 13 17 +5 6
Sweden Max Friberg Frölunda HC 16 8 8 16 +10 8
Sweden Dick Axelsson Djurgårdens IF 19 6 8 14 –1 58
Sweden Simon Hjalmarsson Frölunda HC 15 5 9 14 +4 8
Sweden Patrik Carlsson Frölunda HC 16 2 12 14 +11 2
Sweden Joel Lundqvist Frölunda HC 16 6 7 13 +6 35
Sweden Michael Lindqvist Färjestad BK 14 5 8 13 +7 28
Canada Chay Genoway Frölunda HC 16 5 8 13 +9 4
Sweden Linus Hultström Djurgårdens IF 19 5 8 13 –3 10

Playoff leading goaltenders[edit]

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 2 May 2019.[7]

Player Team GP TOI W L GA SO SV% GAA
Sweden Johan Mattsson Frölunda HC 13 748:15 9 3 25 3 92.67 2.00
Sweden Jonas Gunnarsson HV71 9 618:25 5 4 21 0 92.76 2.04
Sweden Markus Svensson Färjestad BK 13 823:39 7 6 30 0 91.10 2.19
Sweden Joel Lassinantti Luleå HF 10 617:31 5 5 23 1 91.32 2.23
Lithuania Mantas Armalis Skellefteå AIK 5 254:17 2 2 11 1 90.35 2.60

SHL awards[edit]

Guldhjälmen: Jacob Josefson, Djurgårdens IF
Guldpucken:
Honken Trophy: Adam Reideborn, Djurgårdens IF
Håkan Loob Trophy: Emil Bemström, Djurgårdens IF
Rookie of the Year: Emil Bemström, Djurgårdens IF
Salming Trophy: Erik Gustafsson, Luleå HF
Stefan Liv Memorial Trophy: Ryan Lasch, Frölunda HC
Guldpipan: Mikael Sjöqvist

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tack för denna säsong – Nu laddar vi om för SHL" (in Swedish). Timrå IK. 9 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Statistik - Spelare: Sammanfattning" [Statistics - Players: Summary] (in Swedish). SHL. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Statistik - Målvakter: Sammanfattning" [Statistics - Goalkeepers: Summary] (in Swedish). SHL. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b "SERIEBESTÄMMELSER och VERKSAMHETSPLAN Säsongen 2017/2018" (PDF). Swedish Ice Hockey Association.
  5. ^ Bergström, Kristoffer (30 March 2019). "Marathonmatchen: avgör för FBK efter 117 minuter" [Marathon match: decided for FBK after 117 minutes]. Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Lena K. Samuelsson; LO/Schibsted. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Statistik spelare 2018/2019 - SHL.se". Swedish Hockey League. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Statistik målvakter 2018/2019 - SHL.se". Swedish Hockey League. Retrieved 15 April 2019.

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