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WEEKEND PREVIEW / dundee stars (08.02.2020)

WEEKEND PREVIEW / dundee stars (08.02.2020)

EIHL LEAGUE STANDINGS

Team Points
Sheffield Steelers 57
Cardiff Devils 52
Belfast Giants 50
Nottingham Panthers 48
Coventry Blaze 45
Guildford Flames 43
Glasgow Clan 35
Manchester Storm 33
Dundee Stars 32
Fife Flyers 25

WEEKEND PREVIEW |  Vs Dundee Stars 08.02.2020

Do or die for Flyers in play-off hopes.

 

They say a weekend doesn’t define a season but pick up another zero-point weekend and Flyers’ hopes of an Elite League play-off spot come the end of the season will all but likely go up in smoke.

 

The team face the Dundee Stars on Saturday at home before taking a trip down the M6 to face-off against the Manchester Storm on Sunday – two teams who are also fighting for a place in the play-offs, with Dundee currently in 9th and Manchester in 8th.

 

The task facing Flyers already looks like a mountain to climb as they sit bottom of the table, eight points behind Manchester, who currently take up the final play-off spot.

 

Last weekend Flyers ended another weekend without a point and still without a win in 2020 after being beaten pretty comfortably at home to the Coventry Blaze on Saturday. On Sunday, a trip to Nottingham ended in a 2-0 defeated after conceding two goals the team will want to forget in a hurry.

 

Firstly, this weekend Flyers welcome the Dundee Stars to Fife Ice Arena, Dundee come into the game having given their play-off hopes a boost after a penalty shots victory over the Glasgow Clan at the Braehead Arena last weekend.

 

Currently, Dundee lead Fife in the season series 4-2 over all competitions and have beaten Fife in Kirkcaldy at every time of asking.

 

The Stars also come into it having put themselves right back into contention for that coveted 8th-spot with 11 points from their last 10 games.

 

Contrast that to Fife’s form which has produced just 5 points in the last 20 games, but it is a high stakes derby match where form can go out of the window and it is down to whoever can put in that crucial performance on the night.

 

If there was a time when Fife can turn things around, it’s on Saturday night.

 

Moving to Sunday and the Flyers will make the trip south once again to play the Manchester Storm, the two teams recently met at the Altrincham Arena in January, where the hosts came out 5-2 winners after a ruthless 4-goal 3rd period salvo.

 

The Storm, like the Stars, have found a recent surge of form, having also picked up 11 points from their last 10 encounters – rather ominously they have also conceded the least amount of goals in that time in the entire league.

Manchester gained a point against Guildford last Saturday after an overtime defeat but were comfortably beaten 4-0 by the Coventry Blaze on Sunday.

 

Coming into this weekend, the Flyers will be without Sam Jones on Saturday as he sits out a one-game ban after his altercation with Nottingham’s Mathieu Tousignant.

 

The pressure will be on the Flyers this weekend as so much hinges on this weekend’s results, it will be all about who steps up and performs on the night – hopefully it is the team in blue and gold.

 

Tickets for the home game on Saturday are still on sale from the box office, with a 7:15pm face-off time.

 

ELITE ICE HOCKEY LEAGUE

The Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) is a professional ice hockey league in the United Kingdom formed in 2003. The league currently consists of 10 teams;  Belfast (NIR), Cardiff (WAL), Coventry (ENG), Dundee (SCO), Fife (SCO), Glasgow (SCO), Guildford (ENG), Manchester (ENG), Nottingham (ENG) and Sheffield (ENG).

ABOUT THE FLYERS

The Fife Flyers, established in 1938, are the oldest professional ice hockey team in the United Kingdom. The team has a history of success through the ages, with over 60 Scottish and British cups and titles to their name.

 

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Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland, KY1 3HS

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