The Motorpoint Arena is home to the Nottingham Panthers, photo by Latrell Oscar-John.

The Nottingham Panthers are looking for their first win since 7 January as they battle top-of-the-table Sheffield Steelers.

The form this season doesn’t support The Panther’s chances: they sit at the foot of the table with the lowest amount of goals scored and six wins all season.

In contrast, The Steelers are the highest-scoring team (21 higher than the second-best) and have the best defence in the league.

Sheffield has conceded 23 less than the next-best team – this may compound the Panthers scoring woes.

There is some hope for the Nottingham club: defensively they have only conceded 96 – the sixth-best in the league – so they will have to be on top form to keep out a side that no team has kept a clean sheet again this season.

History is unkind to the home team: The Panthers haven’t won this fixture since 2022 in a 3-0 win.

With half the campaign left to play the Panthers will be hoping to pick up some wins as they are used to finishing in the top eight – a position they are six points off.

In the Panther’s last fixture against Glasgow Clan, despite the loss, new signing Anthony Luciani impressed on his home debut, assisting on the first goal, so the home side will be hoping for his flair against the league’s best defence.