After a a bitter weekend that saw the Fife Flyers only manage to take away two points out of a possible six in week 9 of Elite League action, week 10 is shaping up to be slightly brighter with a road win away to Cardiff already in the books and another 2 points will be up for grabs on Saturday 10th as the Flyers take on Manchester Storm.
The Fife Flyers face some stiff competition in week 9 of EIHL competition with one home game against the Belfast Giants on Friday and hitting the road to face off against Manchester Storm on the Saturday and Coventry Blaze on the Sunday. Fife have faced off against all three of these teams and have the opportunity to earn the 6 points and keep them firmly in the number 1 spot.
This Sunday at the Guildford Spectrum a rivalry is renewed. For the first time this season, the Flames will be taking on the team beat them to the Patton Conference based on number of games won in regulation time last season after finishing level on points – The Manchester Storm.
Liam Kirk will be looking to snap a streak of 11 games without a point as the Peterborough Petes take on the Sudbury Wolves tonight in a home clash, just 24 hours after a 3 – 0 loss over the Niagara Ice Dogs at the Meridian Centre.
Kirk had a bright start to his time in the Ontario Hockey League, registering his first point in his first game with an assist, and scoring his first goal in his second game.
Following a brutal weekend of losses to the Islanders and Sabres, the Kings are almost in a free fall of sorts with everything clicking but not hitting and a messy situation all over the ice and behind the bench (Previously covered in my last post). Though past all of that, it’s time for a round up of the Kings going into tonight’s game against Dallas.
The Kings come into Dallas with a 2-5-1 record, on the other hand Dallas come in 3-4-0 on the day. Both teams have come off the bad ends of recent games with Dallas dropping straight games themselves against the Senators, Devils and Wild, the Kings dropping bad decisions to the Sabres and Islanders.
Jarret Anderson Dolan has been sent back to Spokane in the WHL for further seasoning and not to use a year on his ELC within the ten game limit, defenseman Sean Walker has been called up from the AHL’s Reign as team leader in points and goals. Dustin Brown is travelling with the team but can’t be activated off LTIR until later on in the month.
Dallas have called up Justin Dowling from the AHL themselves, the 28 year old could look to make his NHL debut tonight against the Kings. Alexander Radulov is noted as day to day and may be questionable for the Stars tonight. Valeri Nichushkin is skating but not active.
Los Angeles Leaders
Goals: Iafallo, Kopitar, Toffoli, Kovalchuk, Carter (2)
Assists: Iafallo (5)
Points: Iafallo, (7)
Sv%: Campbell (91.7%)
GAA: Campbell (2.80)
Powerplay: 10.7% (29th in NHL)
Penalty Kill: 71.4% (T-26nd with BUF)
Goals: Radulov, Benn, Klingberg (4)
Assists: Seguin (7)
Points: Radulov, Seguin (10)
Sv%: Bishop (92%)
GAA: Bishop (2.46)
Powerplay: 33% (3rd in NHL)
Penalty Kill: 80% (14th in NHL)
Players to watch:
LAK: Iafallo continues to hound the puck on the top line, top line last few games have been Iafallo, Kopitar and Toffoli.
DAL: Leadership group of Benn, Seguin and Radulov is working as usual, expect the line to be the threat.
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It was always inevitable that the Fife Flyers glorious win streak of 8 games undefeated in league competition would come to an end at the hand of the Cardiff Devils. There is a reason they are back to back EIHL champions. However one streak ends and another will begin as the Flyers welcome Coventry Blaze and MK Lightning to the Fife Ice Arena for the first time this season.
With apologies to Yazz and the Plastic Population.
Life is still not fantastic if you’re a Steelers supporter; the team are bottom of the Elite League table and on the receiving end of mirth and derision from everyone else in the EIHL family. However, we have a new head coach in place and between ourselves: have a bit of hope. Read on for my weekly musings.