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WEEKEND PREVIEW / sheffield steelers (16.02.2020)

WEEKEND PREVIEW / sheffield steelers (16.02.2020)

EIHL LEAGUE STANDINGS

Team Points
Sheffield Steelers 57
Cardiff Devils 52
Belfast Giants 50
Nottingham Panthers 49
Coventry Blaze 47
Guildford Flames 43
Manchester Storm 37
Glasgow Clan 37
Dundee Stars 34
Fife Flyers 28

WEEKEND PREVIEW |  Vs Sheffield Steelers 16.02.2020

Glimmer of hope for play-offs, but tough tests lie ahead this weekend for Fife.

 

You could almost hear the sigh of relief ring around the Fife Ice Arena last weekend as the Flyers brought to an end their 14-game losing streak with a win against the Dundee Stars.

 

It looked as if Fife were heading for their first 4-point weekend since the second week of the season after they notched up a 3-0 first period lead down in Manchester last Sunday night, but the Storm clawed the game back to 3-3, taking the game to overtime and snatched the extra point on penalty shots.

 

It wasn’t quite the perfect weekend, but a couple of results the Flyers needed to keep the light still shining at the end of a very long tunnel.

 

With teams around the Flyers also picking up points recently, hopefully last weekend will be the kick-start the team needs before they are completely left behind by the likes of Manchester and Dundee.

 

Keeping that form going will be a tough task this weekend as the Flyers take on two teams who are locked in a race for the Elite League crown.

 

First up it is a rare outing on a Friday night for the Flyers as they take on the Nottingham Panthers.

Fife will be hoping it will not be the last trip they make to the Nottingham Arena this year with the play-off finals weekend once again being held there.

 

Flyers are the meat in the sandwich of effectively a three-game weekend for the Panthers after they played the Manchester Storm on Wednesday night and play Belfast on Sunday.

 

The game against Storm finished in a shootout loss for the Panthers.

 

That result means Nottingham have picked up 15 points in their last ten games.

 

Before that game Nottingham came into the week after a weekend off. The last time they were in action at home was in a 2-0 home win against Fife two weeks ago.

 

Flyers have come close at the Nottingham Arena on both of their visits this season – coming within one or two goals of a win.

 

If the Flyers can better capitalise on that form in Nottingham they could take the win as result in from of their own crowd seem to be the Panthers’ Achilles heel this season as they sit sixth in the table on home form alone.

 

Flyers second task of the week will be to welcoming Elite League leaders the Sheffield Steelers to Kirkcaldy.

 

Sheffield come to Fife Ice Arena for the second leg of a Scottish double-header, as they will visit Dundee on Saturday night, so expect a big travelling support.

 

The last time Sheffield were in action was two weeks ago but they did not pick up a single point against Guildford or local rivals Nottingham.

 

Aaron Fox’s side will hope last weekend was just a blip in their quest to get their hands on the Elite League trophy for the first time in four years.

 

Interestingly, the Steelers have racked up one of the highest totals in the league so far for goals conceded, but that pails into insignificance when you look at the goals scored table, having rung the red light more than 180 times this season they are well ahead of the rest of the pack when that is concerned.

 

Flyers kept their hopes of a play-off place alive and kicking after last week, but due to the position they find themselves in, a zero-pointer this weekend could pour cold water on the faint flicker of hope.

 

If there was a perfect time for Flyers to find an upturn in form and put some results together, then this is the week to do it. Claiming victory will be difficult, but if results elsewhere in the league are anything to go by, this one will be far from a foregone conclusion.

 

Tickets are still available from the box office for Sunday’s home game against the Sheffield Steelers, which has a 5:30pm 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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