The starting position
The Red Bulls welcome HC TIWAG Innsbruck to the Eisarena Salzburg for the first time this season after losing 2-1 after overtime in their first meeting in Innsbruck at the end of September. Salzburg are top of the table and have made their best start to the season since joining the league with 12 wins after 15 rounds, but have struggled in their last two meetings with the two teams at the bottom of the table, Vienna (12th) and Graz (13th). Innsbruck, along with Villach and Vienna, are also one of only three teams so far to have beaten the Red Bulls in the basic round so far.
Innsbruck is seventh in the table, but has played two to three games less than the other league teams. Most recently, the Tyroleans have alternated wins and losses, losing 3-0 in Linz last Sunday. Last season, when the Tyroleans were at the top of the table for a long time, they lost both games in Salzburg.
Numbers of the match
Saving percentage of the top goalies
RBS / Atte Tolvanen: 93.8%
HCI / Evan Buitenhuis: 92,3%
The goal scorers are well distributed at HCI. With Kevin Roy, Senna Peeters, Brady Shaw and Dario Winkler, four forwards have scored five times each so far. The Red Bulls also have an even distribution of power on offense. Chay Genoway has scored five goals, Troy Bourke, Thomas Raffl and Mario Huber four goals each. Only Peter Schneider stands out clearly with eleven goals and is also currently the third-best scorer in the league.