The Belfast Giants meet the Nottingham Panthers at the Odyssey Arena on Wednesday night in the first of four encounters over the next two weeks.
The clash is a rearranged Elite League game in which the Giants would like to get back to winning ways after seeing their sixteen game victory run go by the wayside in a penalty shoot-out loss on Sunday to the Sheffield Steelers.
However, when Nottingham return next week it will be for the first leg of the Challenge Cup final, a competition the Panthers have dominated in recent seasons and for Paul Adey’s side a potential third trophy.
So will both sides keep their powder dry for the bigger games to come?
“I didn’t think we played too badly in Sheffield. We dominated the first half of the game but with a three goal lead we began to play too much in our own end and we didn’t forecheck and we let them back in the game but when they tied it we went back to doing what we do best - when it comes to a shoot-out you can flip a coin,” explained Adey.