Edinburgh Capitals SNL host Dundee Tigers on Sunday aiming to end a three-game losing streak.
That run of form has left the Capitals eighth in the league, shattering early season hopes of mounting a title challenge.
Head Coach Martin Cingel is desperate to see his team start climbing the table.
“It’s been a difficult period for us as we’ve been short on numbers,” said Cingel. “To get our confidence back we need to win this game.
“Our priority now is to make play-offs and that’s what we’re fighting for. We’ll have some of our U20 players available, so hopefully we can deliver two points.”
The Tigers head to Murrayfield seeking a double after inflicting a 3-0 defeat on the Capitals when the two sides met in September.
Last week’s 8-1 victory over Moray Typhoons took the Tigers up to fifth in the table, but defender Ian Carstairs is expecting a difficult game on Sunday.
“Murrayfield is a tough place to get a result – the Caps use the ice well and it suits their fast, breaking game,” said Carstairs.
“It is made more difficult for visiting teams when the face-off is late on a Sunday night and guys who get regular experience at Elite level drop down to ice for their SNL team.
“You can see that when you compare the Capitals’ form home and away this season.
“We’ve got to approach this match sensibly. If we get drawn in too deep we’ll be punished for it, but we’ve also got to be confident of our own abilities.
“We’ve got guys right through the team who can chip in with goals and, if we play to our strengths, there’s no reason we can’t bring home the points.”
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