Elite League set for big finish

With just two weeks remaining of the Elite League regular season there’s still plenty to play for at both ends of the table.

Cardiff Devils are in pole position to claim their first EIHL title, but Belfast Giants are still in the race with four games left.

This coming weekend Cardiff travel to Sheffield Steelers on Saturday, before hosting Fife Flyers the following day.

The Giants also play twice, with Sheffield and Coventry Blaze the visitors to Belfast on Friday and Saturday respectively.

With Cardiff sweating over an ankle injury to netminder Ben Bowns, Belfast will fancy their chances of closing the five point gap on their title rivals ahead of the final weekend double-header between the two sides at Ice Arena Wales.

There are still play-off places up for grabs with Dundee Stars, Coventry Blaze and Manchester Storm battling for the two remaining spots.

Dundee are at home on Friday against Nottingham Panthers, before travelling to face Manchester on Saturday.

They are currently level on points with a game in hand on Coventry who return to home ice following their game in Belfast to meet Braehead Clan on Sunday.

Manchester, who are a point behind the other pair, face a midweek trip to Nottingham before welcoming the Panthers to Altrincham the following Sunday.

Dundee have a final weekend double-header against Fife, while Coventry end their campaign at Sheffield.

The Stars’ extra fixture appears to put them in pole position for one of the two spots, while Coventry will no doubt see their home fixture against Braehead as a must-win game.

Storm will probably need to win at least two of their last three games to qualify, but have triumphed in just two of their last twelve outings and could be set to miss out on the post-season once again.

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