WITH A SMOOTH VICTORY IN LIPTOVSKÝ MIKULÁŠ (1: 4), SLOVAN DEFINITELY SECURED HIS PARTICIPATION IN THIS YEAR'S PLAYOFF OF THE TIPOS EXTRALIGA.
Slovan currently has 88 points on the account before the last four matches of the regular part. We currently have a lead of 14 points over the seventh Detva. Slovan can no longer finish worse than in 5th place, on the contrary, if he succeeds in the remaining matches, he still has a real chance to go to the playoffs from the highest place and win the Dušan Pašek Cup.
The last time Slovan won the regular part of the extra league was in the 2009/2010 season, when due to the modernization of the Ondrej Nepela Ice Stadium had to play their home matches in Ružinov.
Last year, Slovan also secured participation in the play-off in advance. But due to the beginning of a pandemic caused by the occurrence of coronavirus, it was decided to prematurely cancel the 2019/20 hockey season, Slovan was in the preliminary second place of the extra-league table.
So far, the last playoff match of the highest competition could have been watched by fans in Bratislava on Saturday, February 27, 2016, i.e., more than five years ago. In front of the sold-out ten-thousand- arena, Slovan lost in the fourth quarterfinal of the Western Conference of the Continental Hockey League (KHL) to the favoured CSKA Moscow 1: 3.
As Slovan failed to win a single match in his two playoff appearances during the KHL, so far, the last winning play-off match is the memorable seventh final of the extra league in April 2012 at the Steel Arena in Košice, in which Slovan won 2: 1 in overtime after which Slovan celebrated his eighth Slovak championship title.
This year's playoff of the Tipos Extraliga should start on March 31 and April 1 unless the clubs happen to agree on the so-called sliding terms. A possible seventh decisive final match is scheduled for May 13 this year.
Due to the current development of the pandemic situation, there is unfortunately only a minimal chance that the matches of the playoffs of the highest hockey competition could be watched by fans directly in the aspects of winter stadiums.