Sheffield Steelers American coach Aaron Fox. Credit: Dean Woolley.

Devils Take On Flyers In Big Night At The Viola Arena

Cardiff Devils can move to within a point of Elite League leaders Sheffield Steelers this evening – if they beat Fife Flyers at the Viola Arena.

Steelers have to wait and watch this evening with title-chasing rivals Devils, Nottingham Panthers and Belfast Giants all in action.

Head coach Andrew Lord and his Devils are currently second, three points behind Sheffield with four games in hand.

Steelers have lost their last four fixtures, going down against Dundee Stars at home and Fife Flyers away over the weekend, and American coach Aaron Fox said: “We are looking over our shoulders. We are not in a commanding position any more.

“We have put ourselves in a really tough spot. We needed four points over last weekend if we wanted to be considered title favourites, but now we are on the outside looking in with a lot of work to do.

“Thankfully, we play Devils twice, Belfast and Nottingham once each. We still have a chance to be there at the end, but this last weekend hurt us.” 

Steelers have led the EIHL table for most of this season, but the chasing pack are closing in. Remarkably, three of the leading clubs – Cardiff, Sheffield and Belfast – all lost on Sunday.

Devils crashed 6-3 against Guildford Flames, Steelers went down v Fife in Scotland and Giants crashed 4-0 at Nottingham Panthers.

Wednesday EIHL fixtures: Glasgow Clan v Nottingham Panthers, Cardiff Devils v Fife Flyers, Guildford Flames v Belfast Giants (all 7.30pm). 

Cardiff Devils

14 fixtures left (30 points maximum – 8 home, 6 away)

February

Wednesday 19 v Fife Flyers

Saturday 22 v Guildford Flames

Sunday 23 @ Coventry Blaze

Saturday 29 @ Nottingham Panthers

Cardiff Devils head coach Andrew Lord. Pic: Devils.

March

Sunday 1 v Dundee Stars

Friday 6 v Sheffield Steelers

Sunday 8 v Sheffield Steelers – Challenge Cup Final at the Viola Arena, Cardiff Bay (4pm)

Saturday 14 v Guildford Flames

Sunday 15 @ Dundee Stars

Wednesday 18 v Coventry Blaze

Saturday 21 @ Nottingham Panthers

Sunday 22 v Manchester Storm

Wednesday 25 @ Glasgow Clan

Saturday 28 v Belfast Giants

Sunday 29 @ Sheffield Steelers

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Elite League standings

# Team GP Score Pts
1 Sheffield Steelers 44 186:137 57
2 Cardiff Devils 40 135:119 54
3 Nottingham Panthers 41 130:105 53
4 Belfast Giants 4 125:106 52
5 Coventry Blaze 42 157:145 50
6 Guildford Flames 41 126:121 47
7 Glasgow Clan 42 130:163 37
8 Manchester Storm 43 108:135 37
9 Dundee Stars 43 135:162 36
10 Fife Flyers 44 113:152 30

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