Saturday: 8 teams in action
Photo: John Uwins
Four games take place on Saturday of Week 21 in the 2023/24 Elite Ice Hockey League season.
Guildford Flames get Saturday night's hockey under way with the visit of Dundee Stars to the Spectrum from 6pm. The Stars have been somewhat of a bogey team for the Flames so far this season, winning three of four games against the Flames this season and both that took place in Guildford. The sides met last weekend with Guildford taking an OT win after Dundee tied it late.
Eighth-placed Glasgow Clan welcome fourth-placed Belfast Giants to Braehead Arena as both teams look to get back on track after recent defeats. Clan were eliminated from the Cup at the Semi-Final stage on Wednesday night, giving them their third straight loss after a double defeat to Sheffield last week. Belfast were beaten at home to Cardiff twice last weekend and have won just one of their last five games. Clan have come out on top on two of the last three games against the Giants.
Manchester Storm head into Sheffield hoping to end their lengthy winless run against the runaway league leaders. The Steelers have won have not lost in 12 straight games against the Storm in all venues, dating back to February 2023 - Storm's winless run at the Utilita Arena, however, goes back to September 2018.
The day's final game gets under way at 7.15 in Kirkclady, where the two teams outside of the playoff places meet - Fife hosting Nottingham. Both took wins in their last games, Fife over Manchester and Nottingham in Coventry, to end runs of losses. Fife are three points shy of a playoff place but have played two games more than the teams they're chasing; Nottingham are seven points back but have three games in hand making this a fixture that neither can realistically afford to lose. The Panthers have won both meetings between the teams this season.