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Weekend Preview – Week 26

WEEK 26 of the 2023/24 Elite Ice Hockey League season and it’s an early start to the week for the Flyers with a meeting against the Nottingham Panthers on the road on Tuesday night followed on Saturday with another road game this time in Cardiff to complete another one game weekend.

TUESDAY MARCH 12th v NOTTINGHAM PANTHERS @ MOTORPOINT ARENA – FACE OFF 7.30pm

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This is the penultimate meeting of the two teams in regular season play and no one will be in any doubt how crucial the outcome will be to the chances of either making the post season. So far the Panthers hold the edge in results with three wins, one of which was in overtime, so they have garnered six points to the Flyers three. Since that last meeting which went beyond regulation the Panthers have played eight games and have a .500 record picking up 8 points. The Flyers in that same spell have played five games and have a 2-1-2 record and have picked up 6 points. The Panthers followed up their win against the Flyers with a narrow 5-4 win at home against the Cardiff Devils before they were trounced 9-3 in Glasgow. Their strong home form continued when they saw off the Belfast Giants 5-1 although they dropped their next one on home ice as the Devils exacted revenge with a 4-2 win. A pair of games against the Guildford Flames saw each side win at home with the Flames getting a 4-1 victory in Surrey and the Panthers a 6-1 success at the Motorpoint Arena. Last weekend the Panthers were heavily beaten in Cardiff on the Saturday night by a 6-2 scoreline but bounced back to get their second win of the regular season in Glasgow when they took both points in overtime with a 6-5 scoreline. The Panthers have won six of their last seven games on home ice.

Last League Visit to Panthers

Overall Elite League Away Record Against Panthers

P 29 W 9 L 20 F 74 A 96

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The Flyers have lost on their last three visits to the Motorpoint Arena after having won in each of their three previous visits before that.

The Panthers longest winning streak so far in all EIHL competitions this season is two games, the lowest of all teams.

The Panthers also share the longest losing streak of 8 games with the Flyers.

The Panthers are a minus 10 goals differential on special teams (PP v PK) and the Flyers are a minus 4.

The Flyers top goal scorer against the Panthers this term in all EIHL competitions is Troy Lajeunesse who has scored four goals. Flyers have had eight different scorers of their 16 goals scored. The Panthers top marksman is Hugo Roy with three goals and the Panthers have twelve different scorers of their 18 goals.

Across all EIHL competitions this season Flyers have scored an average of 3.02 goals per game with 3.02 also being the Panthers average. Nottingham have conceded an average of 3.83 goals per game with the Flyers averaging 3.80.

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SATURDAY MARCH 16th v CARDIFF DEVILS @ VINDICO ARENA – FACE OFF 7.00pm

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This will be the final game of the regular season between the two sides. The Devils hold the upper hand in the five previous encounters having won four of them although the Flyers have three points in the fixtures from a win and a shootout loss. The last three games have all ended in one goal decisions. Since the last meeting in the middle of February the Devils have also played eight games to the Flyers five. A 6-3 win the following night at Dundee preceded a midweek loss to the Panthers in Nottingham. The league leading Sheffield Steelers were then beaten at the Vindico Arena 4-1 before a shootout win in Surrey against the Flames the following night. The Flames reversed the outcome the following Friday when they won 6-5 in a shootout in Cardiff Bay before the Panthers were beaten in Nottingham the next day. Last midweek the Devils were blanked 1-0 in the Midlands by the Coventry Blaze before they took the points with a 6-2 win against the Panthers at home last weekend.

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Last League Visit to Devils

Overall Elite League Away Record Against Devils

P 29 W 4 L 25 F 57 A 132

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The Flyers will be aiming to end a twelve game losing streak on Devils home ice.

The Flyers last tasted success in Wales when they won 5-4 after overtime on November 7th 2018.

Since then the Devils have outscored the Flyers 54-18.

The Devils have had the second longest winning streak this season standing at 12 games.

The Devils also have the second most shutouts in all EIHL competitions this season with five.

The Devils are a plus 55 (second best) in goals differential at even strength, the Flyers are a minus 32 (8th best).

The Flyers top goal scorer against the Devils this term in all EIHL competitions is Collin Shirley who has scored in each of the last four fixtures and has four goals. Flyers have had eight different scorers of their 13 goals scored. The Devils top marksmen each with three goals are Jamie Arniel, Cole Ully and Justin Crandall and the Devils have ten different scorers of their 19 goals.

Across all EIHL competitions this season Flyers have scored an average of 3.02 goals per game with 3.89 being the Devils average. Cardiff have conceded an average of 2.62 goals per game with the Flyers averaging 3.80.

Pic Credit Cardiff Devils
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