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Weekend Preview – Week 24

WEEK 24 of the 2023/24 Elite Ice Hockey League season and it’s a huge derby weekend as the Flyers and Glasgow Clan go head to head over two nights in the race for a playoff position.

 

FRIDAY March 1st v GLASGOW CLAN @ BRAEHEAD ARENA – FACE OFF 7.30pm

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It’s a massive weekend for both the Flyers and Clan with the race for the final play off positions reaching a climax. This will be the final two meetings of the regular season and the first since the teams met to close out 2023. Since then the Clan were eliminated in the Challenge Cup semi-final by the Guildford Flames. In league business the Clan opened up 2024 with a shootout win in Dundee before back to back wins against the Sheffield Steelers home and away. Dundee exacted some revenge with a 4-3 overtime win before the Clan’s losing streak in the league was extended to five games when they lost at the Manchester Storm 7-3. The slide was arrested with a 6-3 win in Nottingham after they were 3-0 down and scored five in the final period. The Storm won in Braehead before the Clan picked up both points with a shootout win on the road against the Coventry Blaze. February began with another pair of games against the Steelers and another two losses including a 9-3 scoreline in Sheffield before another goal fest the following weekend when the Belfast won 8-5 in Glasgow. Road losses in Nottingham and Coventry saw another five gamer skid which ended with a 4-2 win against the Blaze at Braehead. The Guildford Flames were defeated 3-2 before the Clan produced their biggest win so far of the season when they shellacked the Panthers 9-3 in Glasgow last Saturday night. The following night in Dundee however the Clan were on the wrong end of a 7-3 scoreline.

Last League Visit to Clan

Overall Elite League Away Record Against Clan

P 41 W 11 L 30 F 116 A 186

Number Crunching

The Flyers and Clan have been fairly evenly matched this season each with three wins each and the same number of goals scored from their six encounters in league and Cup meetings so far.

The sequence for Flyers in games played this season is L-W-L-W-L-W.

Clan have won two of the three meetings on their home ice so far this season.

Friday night will be the 100th meeting in all EIHL competitions between the Flyers and the Clan.

The Flyers need 3 goals to reach 300 scored against the Clan in all EIHL competitions.

The Flyers top goal scorer against the Clan this term in all EIHL competitions is Teemu Pulkkinen with five goals and they have had ten different scorers of their 21 goals scored. The Clan top marksmen are Gary Haden and Luke Lynch with four goals each and the Clan have eleven different scorers of their 21 goals.

Across all EIHL competitions this season Flyers have scored an average of 2.84 goals per game with 3.03 being the Clan average. Clan have conceded an average of 4.02 goals per game with the Flyers averaging 3.75.

Pic Credit Glasgow Clan

SATURDAY MARCH 2nd v GLASGOW CLAN @ FIFE ICE ARENA – FACE OFF 7.15pm

Last League Visit from Clan

Overall Elite League Home Record Against Clan

P 40 W 20 L 20 F 133 A 129

Number Crunching

The Flyers will be looking to record back to back home wins against the Clan for the first time since they were rebranded as Glasgow, that is over an 18 game stretch.

Flyers have won two of the three meetings on home ice so far this season.

Both the Flyers and Clan have a minus 35 goals differential at even strength in all EIHL competitions this season.

They are also each minus 4 goals on the Powerplay versus the Penalty Kill.

Overall Flyers have a minus 46 goals differential and the Clan minus 50 in all competitions this season.

In their last ten games the Flyers Powerplay has been 9 for 30 which is 30% – the Clan have exactly the same record. On the Penalty Kill the Flyers have allowed 5 goals on 28 kills which is 82.1% whilst the Clan have allowed 6 goals on 31 kills which is 80.6%

Pic Credit Jillian McFarlane and Derek Young
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