Sheffield Steelers take on Coventry Blaze on Saturday knowing they may have face the same opposition in the Play Off qualifiers.
We won’t know for certain who Gerad Adams’ team will play until after the weekend. But Blaze are a possibility, so Steelers will aim to impose themselves in the last regular season home game.
Adams wants to see a better show than in the 3-2 home win over Hull on Sunday. “We weren’t at our best but at least it shows we can still win when not playing at 100%” he said. “Hull tried to slow the game down but we didn’t respond well to their tactics. We are a team waiting for the Play Offs but we have to be in the right frame of mind.”
Coventry boosted their hopes of making the top eight with a 4-3 win over Nottingham on Sunday.
With just a few weeks to go before the IIHF World Championship (Division 1B) in Lithuania, Great Britain head coach Doug Christiansen has reduced his initial long-list squad down to 28 players.
These players will take part in the first week of the national team’s training camp and the two home internationals against Netherlands.
The two matches against Netherlands will take place at Ice Sheffield on Saturday 12th April (7:30pm) and at the Skydome in Coventry a day later (5:15pm).
Following the Netherlands fixtures, the squad will be reduced further to the 23 players who will travel to Lithuania for the World Championship.
GB will then play Croatia, Netherlands, Lithuania, Poland and Romania in the six-team IIHF tournament in Vilnius.
Ben Bowns - Hull Stingrays
Stephen Murphy - Belfast Giants
Mike Will - Braehead Clan
James Griffin - Coventry Blaze
Steve Lee - Nottingham Panthers
Sam McCluskey - Dundee Stars
Danny Meyers - Sheffield Steelers
Ben O’Connor - Arlan Kokshetau
David Phillips - Belfast Giants
Kevin Phillips - Belfast Giants
Mark Richardson - Cardiff Devils
Paul Swindlehurst - Dundee Stars
Jonathan Weaver - Nottingham Panthers
David Clarke - Nottingham Panthers
Ben Davies - Cardiff Devils
Matty Davies - Hull Stingrays
Robert Dowd - Sheffield Steelers
Robert Farmer - Nottingham Panthers
Mark Garside - Belfast Giants
Jason Hewitt - Sheffield Steelers
Phil Hill - Sheffield Steelers
Robert Lachowicz - Nottingham Panthers
Matthew Myers - Cardiff Devils
Craig Peacock - Belfast Giants
Jonathan Phillips - Sheffield Steelers
Colin Shields - Belfast Giants
Ashley Tait - Coventry Blaze
Matt Towe - Braehead Clan