The race for the playoff spots hots up as your Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning take on the Dundee Stars. The Stars sit just 2 points behind the Lightning in the league table with two games in hand on the Buckinghamshire outfit.
Lightning find themselves 3 points off the playoff places after snapping their losing streak against Coventry Blaze last Saturday at MK Arena. A brace from Denny Kearney and a goal from captain Kevin King gave MK their first win at home in 3 attempts.
Dundee come to Milton Keynes having won 3 games on the bounce, winning 6 of their last 10. This upturn in form now means the Stars are right back in playoff contention after struggling earlier on in the season with injuries.
The race for the playoffs is starting to heat up, with just 5 points separating 4 teams in the battle for the final playoff position. Lightning will be looking to regain their early season home form and build momentum as we head towards a crucial part of the season.
Face Off: Saturday 7:00pm
Venue: MK Arena, Planet Ice Milton Keynes
Live On: LightningTV – https://www.mklightning.tv/
Previous games: Dundee Stars 5-1 MK Lightning
MK Lightning 5-1 Dundee Stars – highlights can be seen here:
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Injured: Mele (Doubtful), Phillips (Doubtful), Essery (Knee).
Players To Watch
Francis Verreault-Paul completed a ‘Gordie Howe’ hat-trick last time these two sides met, scoring a goal, 2 assists and scrapping with Jimmy Jensen – Lightning fans will be wanting more of the same this time around. Canadian forward Denny Kearney bagged three assists in that 5-1 win for Peter Russell’s side back in December last year and will be looking to build on his recent good form after abrace last week against Coventry at MK Arena.
Former MK Lightning forward Jordan Cownie will be one to watch out for, the Scotsman has 7 assists so far this season and will be looking to add to that against his former club. North American Marc-Olivier Mimar has 5 points in his last 5 games including a brace against Edinburgh Capitals last Saturday in a 7-4 win for the Stars.