Match Preview: Fife Flyers v Belfast Giants

This evening, Belfast Giants end their road trip in Scotland with a clash against the Fife Flyers. Face-off is at 19:30 at the Fife Ice Rink.

Team News

Derrick Walser has to ponder his team selection ahead of their journey to Kirkcaldy. He chose to leave out Brandon Benedict for his team’s victory versus the Clan at the weekend. The Giants will also be without the injured Matt Nickerson.

Todd Dutiaume’s has a full-strength squad as he did in their shootout win over Edinburgh.

Head to Head

The upcoming contest will be the squad’s fourth meeting of the season. Fife are certainly the side in form having won eight of their last 10. In comparison, the Giants have been defeated three times, two of them coming in overtime.

Previous Meetings

Fife 4-3 Belfast (Jan 30, 2016)
Belfast 3-2 Fife (Nov 22, 2015)
Belfast 3-0 Fife (Nov 21, 2015)

As it stands, Belfast lie in third place on 57 points. The Cardiff Devils are top having played a game more. The Sheffield Steelers are level on 62 points, but played a couple more matches than the Giants. The Flyers are five points behind tonight’s opponents.

Top Scorers

Flyers:
Dingle (22 goals + 32 assists)
Fox (24 + 26)
Stockton (21 + 25)
Caig (15 + 27)

Giants:
Desmarais (21 goals + 36 assists)
Forney (20 + 29)
Radja (26 + 21)
Rutherford (19 + 26)

Netminders

Giants – Stephen Murphy: GAA 2.66, SAV% 0.898
Flyers – David Brown: GAA 2.95, SAV% 0.893

Highlights of the last encounter between both playoff bound sides:

Belfast v Fife


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