The Elite League campaign hits its final stretch of games as your Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning take on Patton Conference rivals Guildford Flames this Saturday.
Guildford find themselves sitting in 6th place, only 2 points off third place Fife Flyers but just one point ahead of 7th place Nottingham Panthers. The Flames won both of their games last weekend, beating bottom side Edinburgh Capitals 4-2 in Scotland on Saturday and coming from 2-0 down to defeat the Lightning 3-2 at home.
Lightning will be keen to get one over their old foe, with games between these two sides so far this season being tightly fought affairs. Injuries and suspensions have hit the Buckinghamshire side of late and will be looking for MK fans to be the extra man.
Face Off: Saturday 7:00pm
Venue: MK Arena, Planet Ice Milton Keynes
Live On: LightningTV – https://www.mklightning.tv/
Previous league games: MK Lightning 3 (PS) – 2 Guildford Flames (Highlights can be seen here):
Guildford Flames 7 – 3 MK Lightning
MK Lightning 0-3 Guildford Flames
Guildford Flames 7-2 MK Lightning
Guildford Flames 3-2 MK Lightning
Pre-Match: 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!
Injured: Mele (Doubtful), Essery (Knee), Wiikman (Concussion).
Suspended: Kearney (2 of 3), Import Suspension (2 of 6).
Players To Watch
Although it was Kevin King who grabbed man of the match last Saturday against Sheffield, Francis Verreault-Paul scored the most points in Lightning’s 5-2 win over the current Elite League Play Off Champions. The Canadian bagged a hat-trick of assists and is now tied with Kevin King as Lightning’s leading point scorer this season with 41 points having played 4 games less. British talent Lewis Hook ended his scoring drought against the Steelers last weekend and has 6 points in his last 3 games.
Jesse Craige is currently the second highest assist scorer in the league, with 40 assists in 38 games including an assist in Guildford’s 3-2 win over Lightning last Sunday in Surrey. Canadian netminder Chris Carrozzi currently averages 2.81 goals against per game, the fifth best in the league and a save percentage of 90.2%.