And then there were just two…home games remaining in Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning debut Elite League season, as they welcome old foes Guildford Flames to MK Arena for the final time this season.
Guildford come to MK after winning their only game last weekend against fellow Patton Conference team Coventry Blaze, beating the Blaze 4-1 at the Spectrum in Surrey. The Flames currently occupy 6th in the table but could end the weekend as high as third or as low as seventh dependent on how results go in a tight mid table.
Lightning played just the one game last week as well after weather prevented the team arriving in Belfast to play the Giants on Saturday. On Sunday MK welcomed Fife Flyers to MK Arena for the first time this season and won 5-2 meaning they have beaten every Elite League side at home this season. Peter Russell’s side took on the Panthers on Wednesday, despite ending the first period 1-1 Lightning went on the lose against the Nottingham side.
Games between these two rivals are always entertaining as Lightning look to finish the season strongly against their old English Premier League foe.
Face Off: Saturday 7:00pm
Venue: MK Arena, Planet Ice Milton Keynes
Live On: LightningTV – https://www.mklightning.tv/
Previous games: Lightning 3-1 Flames
Flames 7-3 Lightning
Lightning 0-3 Flames
Flames 7-2 Lightning
Flames 3-2 Lightning
Lightning 2-5 Flames – highlights can be seen here, courtesy of LightningTV:
Shirt Off His Back Special: Want to win Formula One star Valtteri Bottas’ jersey?! Make sure you’re in it to win it by purchasing a ticket from one of the match-night helpers. The draw to find the lucky winner will happen at the End of Season Awards night on Sunday 18th March.
End of Seasons Awards Night: Want to party with the players at the end of our debut Elite League season? Now is your chance on Sunday 18th March! Tickets for the End of Season Awards Night are available in person only from the merchandise stand on home matchnights.
Final Edition of ‘Lightning Strike’ for this season: Be sure to pick up the last edition of this season’s ‘Lightning Strike’ featuring exclusive views and interviews which won’t be found anywhere else all for just £3!
Pre-Match Deals: Head on down to Giovanni’s Gelatos and gain 30% off any ice-cream with a match ticket or 10% off at the Drafthouse if you fancy a pregame pint!
Players To Watch
Netminder Jindrich Pacl continues to impress in net for the Lightning and saved 38 out of 40 shots in Lightning’s 5-2 win over the Fife Flyers last Sunday. Pacl currently has the best save percentage in the entire Elite League, saving 93.1% of shots. Captain Kevin King again led from the front in MK’s win last Sunday bagging a brace against the Gardiner Conference Champions. King has remained Lightning’s leading point scorer throughout the season with 52 points in 47 games.
Guildford have the second best powerplay in the league with a 23.24% success rate with the man advantage, this has meant players such as John Dunbar have flourished this season for the Flames. Dunbar has the most assists in the league with 52 so far this season. A familiar name to Lightning fans in the form of Jez Lundin will be up against them this Saturday, Lundin has 19 points in 48 games.