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Game Preview: EVZ vs ZSC Lions

In the 4th semifinal, EV Zug aims for their first playoff win against the ZSC Lions on Monday

The Zug team finds themselves trailing 0:3 in the semifinal series against the winners of the regular season. 0:3 behind? Thoughts of the memorable final series of the 2021/22 season come to mind. The unleashed Central Swiss team secured four consecutive victories, clinching their third club title in history after 1998 and 2021. Four times they thwarted the Zurich team’s planned celebrations!


Is it a look back at the past or memories of the future? Back then, EV Zug had won the regular season and was at least evenly matched in the first three final losses. The score could have easily been 3:0 in their favor instead of 0:3. This time, the ZSC Lions are the high-flyers of the regular season and rightfully lead with three wins. With the forward line centered around the seven-time goal scorer Derek Grant and an NHL-tested defense led by Simon Hrubec, statistically the best playoff goalie (Save Percentage 94.85%), they have the deeper team and dominating players on the ice. ZSC’s top scorer is Sven Andrighetto (1 goal/9 assists/10 points), who scored his first playoff goal in the last game in Zug.


Nevertheless, Zug, who sorely miss an unpredictable sniper like the injured Grégory Hofmann, is capable of securing their first playoff win against Zurich. During their first 5:2 victory at the Swiss Life Arena, they were a confident team on par with their opponents and had the better chances until the unfortunate 5-minute penalty against the three-time playoff goal scorer Niklas Hansson. The first home game, ending in a bitter 0:1 defeat, could have easily gone in their favor as well. The first two losses came from hard and at times questionable penalties. Even during the 5:2 game on Saturday, it became close again after the fortunate power-play goal for Zurich. The last two goals for 4:2 and 5:2 were scored into the empty Zug net, which goalkeeper Leonardo Genoni, also outstanding like Simon Hrubec (Playoff Save Percentage: 93.33%), had vacated for a sixth field player.

The 1:0 after 1:31 minutes by Juho Lammikko, the only two-time goal scorer from Saturday, was deflected into Livio Stadler’s own net. Luck seemed to favor the opponent throughout the previous semifinal series. However, the weekend saw the return of Brian O’Neill, who had not played since the 6:2 victory on December 12, 2023, providing coach Dan Tangnes with new options, despite the surprisingly agile American finding himself in the penalty box after just 12 seconds. Less penalties and more discipline are part of today’s recipe for success.

Wearing the playoff top scorer’s “Gold Helmet” for EV Zug on Monday is Fabrice Herzog (4 goals/5 assists). He, along with Lino Martschini (2 goals/7 assists) and ZSC forward Derek Grant (7 goals/2 assists), has amassed 9 points. The strong Lukas Bengtsson, with 7 points (2 goals/5 assists), is the most productive defenseman alongside Ryan Gunderson (Fribourg) and Lawrence Pilut (Lausanne). EV Zug also leads in power-play efficiency (36%) ahead of the ZSC Lions (33.33%) in the playoffs.



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Zuger Kantonalbank
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Binelli Group