After qualifying for the CHL playoff round with one of the best second-place records from the Group Stage, Lulea Hockey embarked on a trip to the Final, which included a stunning comeback victory in Salzburg.
For the second year in a row, HC Kosice won the Slovak Extraliga regular season by a decisive margin. Now, they hope to repeat at playoff champions as well. Their biggest challengers will again be HK Nitra, who have a good chance at joining Kosice in next year's Champions Hockey League.
After finishing first place in the Danish Ligaen regular season, Blue Fox Herning look to add another national title to their collection. Meanwhile, defending champions SønderjyskE Vojens look to repeat and return to the Champions Hockey League.