The Bears played Red Bull in Salzburg where they lost 5:1 on 14th of October.
Since that win Salzburg has played 7 matches, winning 5 of them, all of those in a row, and losing two. Their most recent match was a loss away to Klagenfurt just yesterday.
Also, in each match they won this season, they scored more than 4 goals. Salzburg also had a strong October winning 86.7% of possible points.
Winger Ryan Duncan leads the team in points in EBEL with 19, and team-high 9 goals, in 16 games. Defenceman Dominique Heinrich and centre John Hughes both have 18 points. Brent Regner, the Canadian defenceman is also a dangerous player with 11 points in 9 games.
In Champions league their highest scoring players are Brant Harris, John Hughes and Ryan Duncan, all tied with 5 points.
In the net, they used both of their goalies a lot. Steve Michalek played in 8 games while Lukas Herzog in 7. The American has 3.23 goals against average and 88.9% save percentage in his 8 starts. While the Austrian has 2.45 goals against average and 90.9% save percentage.
For the Bears, Sondre Olden now leads the team with 14 points. Yann Sauve and Jordan Samuels-Thomas both have 10 points. Sebastien Sylvestre has team-high 6 goals and 9 points.
Salzburg comes in with a very dangerous power play that gets a goal on 23.2% of a chance they are given. The Bears are at 16.4%. When a man down the Bears have the advantage, however. They successfully defend 82.1% of penalty kills with the Bulls are at 76.8%. We can, therefore, expect a big fight during special teams.
The teams are also very similar in a number of penalties they take. Salzburg on average has 8.8 minutes per game to defend with the player in the penalty box while the Bears have 8.9 of those minutes per game.
Salzburg is also effective in taking their chances, scoring on 11.48% of their shots while Zagreb converts 8.21%.
Come and watch the Bears take on Salzburg tonight in Dom Sportova at 17:30. Let’s all put our voices together and help the Bears take the win!
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