From Elitserien to SHL
SHL was previously under the name Elitserien but changed its name to “Swedish hockey league – SHL” for the 2013/2014 season. The series plays from September to March, and then the playoffs are played where the winning team can lift the Le Mat Cup.
SHL before 1975
Until 1975, Swedish championships were played in ice hockey under completely different circumstances. The first championship took part in 1922. Two years earlier, the sport had been introduced in Sweden by the American Raoul Le Mat, who also named the trophy that is still at stake in SHL.
Between 1922-1975 the playoffs had varying designs and most often it was based on a playoff game from the various regional Allsvenskan series.
The teams that have won the Swedish championship most often are Djurgårdens IF, Brynäs IF, Färjestad BK and IK Göta. If you only count SM titles since the start of the modern Elitserien in 1975, Färjestad BK has taken most titles followed by Djurgårdens IF and Brynäs IF.
The 2018/2019 season
When the 2018/2019 season ended, the series looked as follows:
In the series, there are 14 teams that meet each other twice at home and twice away. With that, all teams meet with each other four times. The winners of the basic series collect a victory bonus of SEK 1 million and also get the advantage of playing at home in crucial playoff games.
When all 52 games are to end, it is time for the playoff round. The six best teams are directly qualified for the playoff round, which will contain a total of eight teams. The remaining two teams come from position seven to ten in the result table and will face each other in the best of three matches and thus bring out the two who go to the playoffs. Who meets who is determined by the placement in the result table. Place seven meets place ten, and place eight meets place nine.
Now eight teams are ready for the playoff round, which is carried out in the best of seven matches. Since the 2005/2006 season, the winner has been playing against the lowest placed, etc.
The quarterfinals begin, and the four teams that won their best of seven matches against their opponents advance to the semifinals. Here, another best of seven matches take place between the teams, and now we have two teams that will meet each other in another seven games. Whoever wins that battle is the one who becomes the winner of SHL.
Rash and qualms
For the teams that finish in place 13 and 14 in the series, direct qualification awaits against the winners in the Hockey Allsvenskan. These matches in the direct selection are played best by seven matches.
Bet on SHL for 9 months
It is very difficult to bet on SHL as all teams can win against each other during the basic series where each team plays a total of 52 matches. In addition to being difficult, there are also endless opportunities to find good odds at the betting companies as there are several games played per week.
You need to keep up with what’s happening in SHL if you are to become a good bettor. SHL is a fast-paced series and magical to bet on if you are up to date. Read our guide on how to become a successful player . If you are certain about the outcome of some matches, it may be smart to look at the handicap bet and over/under bet to maximize the opportunities. Maybe you can also look at betting pools that can provide a lot of interesting odds instead of the betting companies’ set odds.
Bet on the winner of the shooter league of SHL
Of course, betting on who wins the shooter league in SHL is attractive. Here you can already find excellent odds at the beginning of the season but keep in mind that they also have a big risk when you are out early. It can be easy to lose the bet on these odds as you surely want to maximize the odds and place it as early as possible. Adding odds that are long is also fun as they are active throughout the series.
Bet on the winner of SHL’s basic series
Here you can find attractive odds on who can be the most likely winner of the basic series. Bets like these require some background work, but usually with all odds. If you do not do the background job, the bet will also not be sufficiently well supported, and you will have fewer chances of winning.
Bet on which team will win the SM GOLD medal
Of course, this is an exciting and popular bet and can stand out well if you do a background job on opportunities and even dare to take a chance. In this bet, it is important to find the best opportunity and not to put too much effort in comparison to chances. If you have a good look at the teams, you can certainly get extra profit on this bet.