Sheffield Steelers’ hopes of getting back on the goal trail may be hit by an injury to top points scorer Stefan Meyer.
The Star understands the Canadian winger was hurt in training this week and will undergo a fitness test before the games against Coventry Blaze, tonight, and tomorrow, when Belfast Giants are in town.
Goal scoring has been an issue for much of the season, but at least Steelers will be able to depend on Teessider Rob Dowd, who has been in hot form.
Club spokesman Dave Simms said: “After a slow start to the season Rob has become the best player in the League - import or otherwise.
“Every time he touches the puck, you feel something is going to happen.
“Whatever line he plays on, he gets the most out of himself and his team-mates.
“When he left Steelers (2011) he went to Belfast and became a better player.
“Then he went to Troja-Ljungby in Sweden, and got better still. He is worth every penny we’ve invested in him.”
Dowd who has amassed 11+7 in 19 games won’t get the chance to play against his old team Troja this season, after all.
Initially, the plan was to play them at iceSheffield last Wednesday, but the date came and went after Troja asked for it to be re-scheduled.
It is now possible Steelers will play them in Sweden in a pre-season training camp, ahead of the 2014-15 season.
Meanwhile, head coach Doug Christiansen is back at the club after his recent trip to the US.
n Nottingham Panthers, who have had injury issues of their own, have a new defenceman in their line-up. Finnish veteran Tuukka Makela, 31, drafted by the Boston Bruins in 2000, will be available to play this weekend and in the back to back games against Sheffield next weekend.