11 teams are in action on Sunday night in Week 7 Game Day 3 with another four league, and one Challenge Cup, fixtures this evening.
Both teams come off wins last night, the Giants in dramatically late fashion in Glasgow while the Panthers won over rivals Sheffield by three goals.
“We will need to put right last month’s performance and result against Nottingham – we were not good enough. Losing is tough to take, especially at home and we want to show up on Sunday to put in a performance for our fans. The Panthers have started the season well and are in top spot for good reason. We will need to match them on Sunday. Although I am not focusing too much on Nottingham – we will look after ourselves and try to continue our run of four league wins.” Adam Keefe (Head Coach, Belfast Giants)
“We’re in good spirits, but Belfast have won five in a row and also on a high at the moment. I know they’ve added a new defenseman into their lineup and we’ll see a totally different Belfast team.” Rich Chernomaz (Head Coach, Nottingham Panthers)
Hosts Dundee Stars will look to move off the foot of the table as they host eighth-placed Glasgow Clan tonight. Both sides lost last night, the Stars going down in Cardiff after a battling performance, while the Clan were undone in the last minute by Belfast.
“Against Glasgow, we are hoping to use our speed . We had a great result last time, and we need to make sure we play solid defensively especially against some of the best offensive players in the league. It is always great to play a rival team at home in our first conference game.” Omar Pacha (Head Coach, Dundee Stars)
“Dundee are a team that trap well and can make it difficult for you. They’re not a team you can offence on. For that, you need to be smart, otherwise they can punish you on the break. Stars are a good counter attacking team so we have to be ready to play. They do well at home and pick a lot of points up on a Sunday night, like they did last year. I feel we’re a better Glasgow Clan team than when we went there a few weeks ago. They’ve been in every game and have lost by one goal in most of them. To me, that’s not bad form. That’s just unlucky and in time, that will change, but hopefully not before Sunday.” Pete Russell (Head Coach, Glasgow Clan)
Seventh plays Sixth as the Blaze host the Manchester Storm at the SkyDome, with both teams hoping to get a win and start chasing teams further up than looking over their shoulders down.
“The first period yesterday was probably one of the worst of the season so far. But we have to put that behind us and look forward to today. There’s still a lot of hockey left.” Danny Stewart (Head Coach, Coventry Blaze)
“We have to be 100 times better tonight than we were yesterday if we want to get something out of the game. We have to play with more intensity, play our system and our structure to be successful.” Ryan Finnerty (Head Coach, Manchester Storm)
After their big win over the Panthers last Sunday, the MK Lighting will hope a day off can help them put on a similar performance as they welcome the Cardiff Devils to Buckinghamshire. The Devils lead Challenge Cup Group C with a perfect record but are not yet through, while the Lightning could use some points to help them make the next stage.
“Last week’s win against the Panthers really did help – both in terms of points on the board and in self-belief. You don’t beat the league leaders by 5-1 by luck! But that was then, andtonight is another game. Having Nelson (Armstrong) finally arrive was a big plus for us – and everyone saw what he did, he went out there less than twelve hours since getting off the plane and he wanted to play his part! The guys have now had a full week of training as a complete unit and they’re gelling really well. Just like Nottingham are top of the league for a good reason, Cardiff are where they are for a reason – it’s going to be tough but I know the guys will be going for another two points.” Doug McKay (Head Coach, MK Lightning)
“We know from last year how difficult a place Milton Keynes can be to play in. We were handed a big defeat there early on last season and despite out big win over the side earlier this season, we can take nothing for granted. Lightning beat Panthers by an impressive scoreline last weekend and will want to continue on that good form against us. We’ve started extremely well in the Challenge Cup this season which wasn’t the case last season so it’d be nice to keep that run going.” Jake Morissette (Captain, Cardiff Devils)
18:00 Guildford Flames vs. Fife Flyers (Tickets | Webcast)
With five straight league wins on the bounce, and six in their last seven games in all competitions, Fife head to Guildford in confident mood – especially after the sides met last night with the Flyers taking a 6-3 win.
“It’s going to be tougher, Guildford are a team that don’t go away. We need to be on top of our game, bring a stronger effort than we did last night. We’re 2-0 in the series against them, and I’d like to go and gain control in the series against this team.” Todd Dutiaume (Head Coach, Fife Flyers)
“We’re on home ice tonight, we have to find that bit of extra energy. We won’t have any extra bodies tonight so we deal with that we have and use our own home ice to our advantage. We have to make sure we get off to a good start, continue for 60 minutes, and hopefully get some bounces our way.” Paul Dixon (Head Coach, Guildford Flames)