Elite League preview: Clan continue Devils chase

Braehead Clan travel to Nottingham Panthers on Saturday, before returning to home ice the following day against Fife Flyers, looking to close the gap on Elite League leaders Cardiff Devils.

Clan trail the Welsh club by seven points, but have four games in hand on their title rivals.

Having lost to both their weekend opponents recently, Clan forward Stefan Meyer is looking for revenge as the title race heads into its final few weeks.

He said: “The league is tight this year and we’ve two tough games this weekend, but we’re going to be up for it, starting in Nottingham on Saturday.

“How that last game played out really sucked as we went out of the Challenge Cup, especially after doing so well to come back in the last two periods of the first game and we’d been on a good run.

“Fife did well last week and had beaten Belfast the night before they played us. Everyone knows it’s not a place where you can blow out the home team.

“You’re the underdog and we played a good game so it will good to come up against them again and we’re looking to turn things around against them.

“In the end it was disappointing, but now, going forward, we’ll be an upbeat group and take it on from there.”

Cardiff continue their trophy chase with home games in the league and cup.

Devils face-off against Coventry Blaze in the league on Saturday, before meeting Belfast Giants in the first leg of their Challenge Cup semi-final.

The reigning cup holders have rotated their imports in recent games and Player/Coach Andrew Lord faces more selection headaches over the weekend.

He said: “The decisions are getting tougher and tougher. It was extremely difficult at Nottingham to sit out a guy like Trevor (Hendrikx) who lays it on the line for our team in every game.

“It was brutal letting him know he wasn’t playing, but he stayed positive and was back against Edinburgh lifting us up again.

“It was great to get Tomas Kurka back in the team and he was able to use his speed on Nottingham’s big ice. He played hard in both matches with loads of positivity and energy.

At this stage of the season it’s not about who. It’s about the team and every decision is made with the team in mind.”

WEEKEND FIXTURES

Saturday

Cardiff Devils v Coventry Blaze
Fife Flyers v Edinburgh Capitals
Manchester Storm v Dundee Stars
Nottingham Panthers v Braehead Clan
Sheffield Steelers v Belfast Giants

Sunday

Braehead Clan v Fife Flyers
Cardiff Devils v Belfast Giants
Coventry Blaze v Sheffield Steelers
Dundee Stars v Nottingham Panthers
Edinburgh Capitals v Manchester Storm

(Image permission: Al Goold Photo)

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