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WEDNESDAY PREVIEWS

Date:  Source: Elite Ice Hockey League

 

BELFAST GIANTS vs DUNDEE STARS

SSE Arena, Belfast – 7pm

Dundee Stars make the Valentine’s Day trip to Belfast with more than just love on their mind as their play-off push continues.

Three straight losses have put an obstacle in their way of trying to break into the top eight and heading to face Adam Keefe’s men is, on paper, not the ideal way to get back on track.

The Giants have also suffered recent setbacks in their pursuit of Cardiff Devils for the league title and after Sunday’s sobering loss to Manchester Storm, they’ll want to get back on the bike too.

Belfast have lost twice to the Stars this season, but having home advantage will help them as they get ready to dust themselves down and go again.

REFEREES: Andy Dalton & Stefan Hogarth

LINESMEN: Vytas Lukosevicius & Allan Ward

  

GUILDFORD FLAMES vs CARDIFF DEVILS

The Spectrum, Guildford – 7.30pm

Cardiff Devils are nine points ahead at the top of the league and head to Guildford Flames with a run of one loss in eight as they look to strengthen their place even more.

Recent defeats for Belfast have made their position at the summit that little more comfortable and few would bet against them not picking up points in Guildford.

However the Flames are still in the group between third and seventh trying to fight their way up and have beaten the Devils at home this season before.

Paul Dixon’s side have lost one in five and come in on the back of a good win over Sheffield Steelers so Andrew Lord’s title chasers will hold no fears for them.

REFEREES: Mike Hicks & Matt Thompson

LINESMEN: Ilia Kisil & Nathan Carmichael

 

MANCHESTER STORM vs COVENTRY BLAZE

Silverblades Ice Rink, Altrincham – 7.30pm

Manchester Storm are in a great run of form at the moment and after winning their last six, they are within touching distance of leaping over Belfast Giants for second place.

In their way is Coventry Blaze as Ryan Finnerty’s side looks to keep that run going as well as hope the Giants can have an off-night in Dundee.

It’s also Storm’s Blood Donation Night, that has helped to push the expected crowd at Silverblades so it will be a loud one for the visit of Danny Stewart’s men.

They picked up four points from the weekend, like Storm and as they look to refocus their play-off place, they won’t find it easy going to Manchester.

REFEREES: Tom Pering & Matt Rose

LINESMEN: James Ions & James Kavanagh

 

SHEFFIELD STEELERS vs EDINBURGH CAPITALS

Fly DSA Arena, Sheffield – 7.30pm

Edinburgh Capitals head to Sheffield Steelers looking to turn around a run of no wins in 10 when travelling outside Scotland.

They have two road games this midweek, with a trip to Milton Keynes to follow tomorrow and a win at the Steelers would certainly lift the mood around the Capitals.

As for Sheffield, barring a couple of wins over Nottingham Panthers and a thrashing of Belfast Giants, they’ve hit the inconsistent zone, to the frustration of everyone around the club.

Paul Thompson’s side have one loss from their last nine at home and will be heavy favourites for this one, but won’t for a second take the Capitals lightly,

REFEREES: Chris Wells & Andrew Miller

LINESMEN: Hayden Hunter & Dave Farren