Who will win the Finnish hockey Liiga 2023/2024: preview

The current regular championship of the strongest Finnish hockey championship started in the first half of September 2023 and will end in March 2024. 15 clubs take part in the tournament. At the end of the regular season, the first six teams in the standings will advance to the quarterfinals of the playoffs, and the teams that take places from seventh to 10th will play at the 1/8 stage. Liiga does not allow for downgrading.

The three main contenders for the championship title in these competitions are: Kärpät, Tappara and HIFK. If you think you know who will get a set of gold medals in Liiga and want to make money from it, then we recommend downloading


Lauri Marjamäki’s team did not look very stable in the regular championship, but after 29 matches played they were in the top six. So Kärpät’s chances of reaching the playoffs are quite good. At the same time, at the end of the regular season, the “black-yellow-whites” are unlikely to be higher than third place. Having won 15 victories (13 in regular time, and two in overtime and shootouts), the “stoats” suffered 14 defeats (11 within three periods). It should also be noted that the club from Oulu has the worst attack among the top six teams in the league. On average, Atte Ohtamaa and his partners score a little more than two and a half goals per game.

The Black-Yellow-Whites have a competitive squad, which mainly consists of Finns. The Ermines have only five foreign players, namely a Czech, two Swedes and a Canadian. Representatives of Oulu won gold medals in the Finnish elite hockey championship eight times. Kärpät’s last championship dates back to 2018. Last season, Atte Ohtamaa and partners were eliminated at the 1/8 final stage by KooKoo. This year, the inhabitants of the Oulun Energy Arena can go further, and perhaps strike gold.


Rikard Grønborg’s boys have been Liiga champions for the last two seasons and will try to get gold for the third time in a row. In the current regular season, after 29 matches played, Tappara was at the top of the standings. With one less match played, the Blue-Orange-Whites were two points ahead of Ilves. Having won 23 victories, the brainchild of Tamhockey Oy suffered the fewest defeats in the league, namely seven. It should also be noted that in the regular season, by mid-December 2023, the Tampere Axes had the best attack, which on average scored a little more than three and a half goals per match.

In addition to the best attack, the blue-orange have one of the strongest defenses in the tournament. If the Tampere Axes continue to play in the playoffs as confidently as in the regular championship, they will be able to defend the championship title.At least Otto Rauhala and his partners have everything necessary for this.


Ville Peltonen’s boys are having a good season this season and after 28 matches played the team was in third place in the standings. Having fewer matches played, HIFK was 11 points behind second Ilves and five ahead of fourth Kärpät. Having won 17 times (two thirds in regular time), the Helsinki club lost 11 times. By mid-December, the capital’s team had the third-strongest attack in the tournament, which averaged just over three goals per 60 minutes of playing time. With a high probability, the “red-white-blues” will end up in the playoffs, but it will be difficult to go far in the relegation battles.

The last time HIFK won the Liiga championship title was in 2011. Since then, the best achievement is “bronze” in 2021. The Helsinki club has very few foreign players, and the Finnish hockey players are of a good level. However, it will be difficult for the “red-white-blues” to force the fight for gold medals on their more formidable rivals.

Our forecast

Kärpät and HIFK will most likely be able to make it to the playoffs, but it will not be easy for these clubs to get gold. For the “stoats”, the maximum could be the semi-finals, and the team from Helsinki is able to reach the final, but there the “red-white-blues” will have few opportunities to win the title. Tappara has the best chance of winning another championship.

Firstly, the Tampere Axes have a strong squad, and secondly, the blue-orange are able to play well in knockout battles. So, with a high probability, Rikard Grönborg’s guys will try on the “gold medals” again.


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