The Nottingham Lions will be looking to end a run of four straight defeats and secure the two points needed to seal fourth place in the Laidler Conferece table, as they face Blackburn Eagles at the National Ice Centre, on Sunday evening (7.30pm).
Having already qualified for next month's play off weekend in Solihull, Nottingham's main priority is now to address their recent poor run of form, which has seen them go without a victory since their 1-0 win over Hull Jets , back in early February.
Matt Bradbury's side will also be aware that one more win would see them secure the likely outcome of playing their play off semi-final against Coventry Blaze, on Sunday 20th April. Thus avoiding taking on the Solihull Barons until the final , should they make it that far.
Despite Blackburn's lowly position at the foot of the conference table, they certainly are not a team to be taken for granted, as their performance levels and resolve have undoubtedly increased as the season has progressed, culminating with a 6-4 win over Widnes Wild (a team who have beaten the Lions twice this season), back in November and then tying second-placed Deeside Dragons to a 3-3 draw last weekend.
Nottingham have two victories over the Eagles already under their belt this season. Braces from Christy Johnson-Brown and Joe Wightman, helped their team to a 9-1 victory at Blackburn Ice Arena, back on the opening day of the season, whilst December's clash between the sides, saw a Luke Branin hat-trick and two goals from Dan Hazeldine see off their Lancashire-based opponents by a 5-1 scoreline, at the NIC.
Coach Bradbury will be hoping to have a full squad available for selection, with marksman Wightman, still the only current injury doubt.
So, with the Panthers on the road and our recently announced special ticket offers for the rest of the season, there really is no better time to come down to the NIC and help roar the boys on to victory!
Full ticket details are available by clicking here and don't forget our special offers, where a child (Under-16) can now gain free entry to the Lions' den with every paying adult (one child per adult), whilst Panthers season ticket holders can now gain free entry, when they show their season ticket book at the National Ice Centre box office.