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Weekend Preview – Week 27

WEEK 27 of the 2023/24 Elite Ice Hockey League season and it’s another single game weekend for the Flyers who host the Belfast Giants to kick off a run of four consecutive games at the Auld Barn in their hunt for a playoff place.

SUNDAY MARCH 24th v BELFAST GIANTS @ FIFE ICE ARENA – FACE OFF 5.15pm

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The Giants make their final visit of the regular season to the Fife Ice Arena. The teams last met on February 24th in Belfast with the Giants coming out on top by a 7-4 scoreline. The following night the Giants were defeated 5-1 in Nottingham before they put together three consecutive home wins with victories over the Dundee Stars and then a doubleheader against the Coventry Blaze. The following weekend the Giants played back to back games on the road against the Sheffield Steelers. In the first game the Giants handed the Steelers their fifth defeat of the season at home, their only other league defeat being against the Flyers in Fife, before Sheffield took control of the second game with a four goal opening period to split the weekend. Last weekend the Devils were once again at home with two games against the Guildford Flames which both ended 3-1 in the Giants favour who also locked up a playoff spot as they look to catch the Giants for second spot or hold off the Manchester Storm for third place. Before arriving in Fife tonight the Giants hosted the Dundee Stars last night.

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Last League Visit from Giants

Overall Elite League Home Record Against Giants

P 29 W 8 L 21 F 73 A 102

Number Crunching

The Flyers will be aiming to bring to an end a 13 game losing streak at home to the Giants.

From those 13 games four gave decided after regulation with the Flyers picking up points in three shootout and one overtime loss.

The Giants have outscored the Flyers 46-18 over these 13 games.

The last Flyers victory at home against Belfast was 30th November 2019.

The previous two league games on home ice this season against the Giants have both ended 3-2 in the visitors favour after shootouts and the Challenge Cup game at Kirkcaldy was also won by the narrowest of margins 1-0 by the Giants.

The Flyers top goal scorers against the Giants this term in all EIHL competitions are Teemu Pulkkinen and Troy Lajeunesse who each have four goals. Flyers have had eight different scorers of their 18 goals scored. The Giants top marksmen each with four goals also are Ben Lake and Kohei Sato and the Giants have fourteen different scorers of their 29 goals.

Across all EIHL competitions this season Flyers have scored an average of 3.04 goals per game with 3.48 being the Giants average. Belfast have conceded an average of 2.70 goals per game with the Flyers averaging 3.73.

The following is the league table since January 1st 2024 showing the league position at that time.

Picture Credit Jillian McFarlane and Derek Young

 

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