Just three home games remain as Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning welcome newly crowned Gardiner Conference champions Fife Flyers to MK Arena for the first time this season.
Fife visit Milton Keynes after a mixed weekend results wise. On Saturday they defeated the Nottingham Panthers 5-4 thanks to a penalty shootout win but were soundly beaten in Sheffield on Sunday by the Steelers in a heavy 8-1 defeat. The Flyers currently sit fourth in the table with games in hand on the sides around them, if they were to win these games they would be second behind runaway leaders Cardiff Devils.
Lightning had just the one game last weekend and welcomed back Tommy Mele from injury, his first appearance since January 6th. Peter Russell’s side lost at home to Coventry for the first time this season in a 8-5 defeat.
The Flyers are the only side this season which MK have not yet beaten in their debut Elite League season, so Sunday gives Lightning the opportunity to show Fife just what they’re made of.
Face Off: Sunday 5:30pm
Venue: MK Arena, Planet Ice Milton Keynes
Live On: LightningTV – https://www.mklightning.tv/
Previous games: Flyers 3-2 Lightning
Flyers 5-2 Lightning
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Players To Watch
Tommy Mele returned from injury last weekend with a goal and an assist in Lightning’s loss to their rivals Coventry Blaze last Sunday. The American forward averages just under a point per game with 21 points in 22 games so far this season. Alex Forbes has made a solid Elite League debut season, the 21 year old Scot has 3 assists so far this season and will look to make an impact against the leading Scottish side.
Evan Bloodoff is the fourth highest goalscorer in the league with 27 goals in 37 games, the Fife forward is a former NHL draft pick, being drafted by the Arizona Coyotes in round 6 back in 2009 – the same draft year which featured NHL stars John Tavares, Matt Duchene and Nazim Kadri. Goaltender Andy Iles has the third best save percentage in the league, saving .913% of shots and has received the personal accolade of Elite League player of the week this season.