Visiting Mannheim: Red Bulls want to break the spell
Saturday, 16. September 2023 | DEL Preview: EHC Red Bull München as guests of Adler Mannheim
Visiting Mannheim: Red Bulls want to break the spellDuo with extra motivation against the ex-club// DEL - PREVIEWAlready on the second matchday of the PENNY DEL season, it comes to the duel of two sporting heavyweights. The Red Bulls will be hosting the Mannheim Eagles on Sunday. Our goal scorer Trevor Parkes is convinced: "It will be a yardstick."
Parkes scored the game-winner in Thursday's 4-2 win over Düsseldorf to make it 3-2 at the break. The Canadian pushed the puck over the line from close range out of a messy situation. A typical Parkes, who was just as happy about the goal as he was about a shot into the corner.
"I don't score the most beautiful goals, but they count too," joked the two-time DEL top scorer after his important goal. Another factor for the Red Bulls: the power play with three goals in four overtime situations. That's a rate of 75 percent - outstanding! "The home win at the start was important," said Parkes. Now comes the duel with the Eagles.
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"Mannheim brought in good people in the offseason," Parkes knows. Only at the goalie position there was no change. Shooting star Arno Tiefensee and veteran Felix Brückmann continue to form the duo. The other team parts and on the coach position was changed considerable.
Johan Lundskog is the new head coach. The Swede was under contract with SC Bern last season before being replaced by our current coach Toni Söderholm. The first performances under Lundskog were promising. In the Champions League, the Eagles made a big statement with a 6-0 win over Finnish top club Lukko Rauma.
However, the Mannheim team suffered a defeat at the start of the DEL season. In the derby with the Schwenninger Wild Wings, the Eagles lost the extra point in the penalty shootout with 1:2, thus starting the new season with only one point. The motivation will be correspondingly high on Sunday against the Red Bulls.
NHL experience galore
The squad of the Kurpfälzer is top-class. Ten Adler players have NHL experience. Together, they have over 1000 appearances (main round and playoffs) in the world's best league. At the top of this list is newcomer Tom Kühnhackl (290 NHL games), who last played in Sweden for Skellefteå AIK.
With Finnish defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka (Ilves) and Canadian forward Linden Vey (Barys Astana), two other newcomers crack the 100-game mark in the NHL. Mannheim has made a lot of moves on the transfer market this summer - as have the Red Bulls.
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"We got two strong players from them and got better as a result," Parkes knows. He is referring to Nico Krämmer and Markus Eisenschmid, who were each German mainstays for the Adler for five years. Since this season, the forwards have increased the quality and depth in our team's squad.
"The game in Mannheim will definitely be special. I lived and played there for five years. Both my children were born there and I still know a lot of guys," says Krämmer. He feels comfortable in Munich - both in the city and in the dressing room. He has already scored for the Red Bulls in the Champions League.
Eisenschmid hopes for goal debut against ex-club
Eisenschmid is still waiting for his first goal in his new jersey. "So far, the luck has been missing. But I have the finishes, which is important," says our number eleven. The game against his old colleagues would be a good time for the goal debut: "The anticipation is great. And I'm glad we're playing in Mannheim so early in the season."
On Sunday, starting at 7 p.m., both want to help end a streak in Mannheim. Since our 2-1 win in February 2020, we had to admit defeat there six times in a row in the DEL. "It's a barometer early in the season. It's going to be interesting. But we're looking forward to it," Parkes explained.
DEL record against Mannheim
Wins: 30 Defeats: 32 Win ratio: 48 percent Goal difference: 172:185 Last game: MAN vs. RBM: 5:1 Last ten games: N N N N S S N S N Last ten away games: N N S S N N N N N N
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