The Belfast Giants may just be playing out the regular season schedule but they are doing so with integrity and pride.
After the celebrations following their Elite League title success, the players were given a few extra days off by coach Paul Adey but returned to the ice last weekend and recorded two wins over Fife and Coventry that ran their current winning streak to 15 games.
“I think that extra rest will do us good moving forward and I thought we played really well at the weekend.
“These guys don’t want to lose, they just have this desire to be successful and win as many games as they can.
“It’s not easy playing games when you have the league sewn up but they’ve been very professional and it’s important for the league and those sides battling for the play-offs that we play hard every night,” explained coach Adey.
Both Fife and Coventry, along with tonight’s opponents at the Odyssey Arena, Cardiff Devils and Hull Stingrays are battling it out for two play-offs spots.
Whichever team finishes eighth will meet the Giants in the quarter-finals.
Right now the Giants are having a big say in who makes the top eight and which side they could meet.
“Cardiff will come in here on Friday and really come at us hard.
“They’re going to be desperate to win because its getting tighter and tighter at the bottom of the table with only a few points separating the sides so anything can happen so this will be a tough game.”
The Devils now have former Giants coach and fan favourite Dave Whistle at the helm and when he took over a month ago the Welsh side got a boost in results they thought would propel them up the standings.
But recently they’ve returned to their inconsistent ways and are now in real jeopardy of missing out on the end of season party.
Adey added: “Cardiff played very well when Dave Whistle first got there but you have their ups and downs and they’ve had some injuries and they have a tough schedule ahead/
“But for us its all about keeping consistent and playing like we know we can.”
After Friday’s encounter the Giants will travel to Sheffield on Sunday.