The chase for the Elite League title resumes on Friday night with the Belfast Giants and Nottingham Panthers both in action.
Two points separate the teams with the league leading Panthers having a game in hand.
They’re on a three games in three nights tour of Scotland starting in Dundee and moving through Fife to Edinburgh while the Giants have a doubleheader against the Cardiff Devils at the Odyssey Arena.
With four weekends of the league season remaining the Devils could have a big say in who eventually wins the championship as they have two games left with Nottingham as well.
“We can’t worry what Nottingham are doing, we know they have to come to the Odyssey in a couple of weeks time for two key games but in order to make them count we have to take care of business so no one is looking beyond the games against Cardiff,” explained coach Doug Christiansen.
The Giants have a good record against the Devils this season winning three of the four games away from home and splitting the first two encounters at home and there’s been plenty of heated match-ups as well as come from behind victories.
While securing two wins vital for the Giants title chances they’ll also need to do something they haven’t managed so far this season.
In four previous doubleheaders at home the Giants have lost the first game only to bounce back to win the second. With the two games against Nottingham coming up in a fortnight they’re more than likely going to have to find a way to win both doubleheaders if they are are to hold on to their championship.