A season defining match

The Nottingham Panthers face one of their toughest games of the season tonight against a travelling Fife Flyers side at the Motorpoint Arena.

The Scottish ice hockey side will be arriving in the Midlands having already beaten the Panthers 3-0-0 this term.

The Flyers conquered Nottingham in November, skating away with the two points after they erased a 4-1 deficit and completed a 5-4 overtime victory.

Three months on and the Panthers are seeking to gain revenge against the Flyers and sign off David Clarke’s final home regular season Elite League game with style.

Panthers supporters are fully aware that this will be no easy task – Fife are in fine form following a four-point weekend, after victories over the Belfast Giants & Dundee Stars.

Ali Childs, 33, from Nottingham, said: “It’s been a dramatic season of highs and lows, Fife are one of those teams that always seem to throw the Panthers off their game.

“The Panthers have a team who has what it takes to win the playoffs, skill, speed, physical presence and tenacity – I just hope that’s the team that shows up!”

Games against the Flyers have proven to be tight all season long – all three have been decided by just one goal.

The Panthers themselves are building momentum ahead of the playoffs and come into this game following a three point road weekend, with a victory over arch-rivals Sheffield on Saturday (3-2) and a shootout loss to Manchester (4-3) on Sunday.

Raphael Bussieres is back in the line-up tonight for the Panthers, but this game comes too early for Robert Farmer, who is still out of action and is looking to return to the line-up this weekend.

Evan Mosey scored the game winning goal on his birthday against the Steelers over the weekend, and if the Panthers are to further improve that record and grab an famous win over the Flyers – he will no doubt play a key role.

The Panthers will be looking to climb as high in the table as possible, with finishes between third and seventh still available. Depending on results from other teams this week, any number of playoff match-ups are still up for grabs.