LAST Saturday provided some excellent results as the SNL table starts to carry a degree of familiarity as we hurtle towards Christmas.
Four big games are in prospect as we preview the league action, starting with the two fixtures taking place on Saturday on Tayside and in Ayrshire.
SNL: DUNDEE TIGERS vs NORTH AYRSHIRE WILD
Saturday, 7.30pm, Dundee Ice Arena
THIS is something of a four-pointer as Dundee Tigers look for their fifth consecutive win in all competitions that would take them above North Ayrshire Wild in the standings.
An Autumn Cup Final place and a Scottish Cup semi final date lie in prospect as the Tigers look good in the cup tournaments.
But they need to climb the table and coming up against the free-scoring Wild, who smashed 16 past local rivals Kilmarnock Storm last week presents something of a big test for them.
For Wild, amazingly, it’s their first league away trip since they were on the wrong end of a 19-0 hiding from Kirkcaldy Kestrels, but they are a better and much improved team from then.
So it has the possibility of being a fascinating contest as both teams look to move further away from the bottom places of the SNL.
SNL: KILMARNOCK STORM vs ABERDEEN LYNX
Saturday, 7pm, The Galleon
KILMARNOCK STORM have slashed prices for this match when Aberdeen Lynx come for a pre-Christmas visit, but Myles Watson’s side won’t want to gift wrap two points for them.
It’s been a season of woe from Storm, who are still to register a point in the SNL this season and have suffered a series of heavy defeats.
Last week’s 16-1 thrashing from North Ayrshire Wild is fresh in the memory and with prices lowered, they’re banking on a bumper crowd to lend vocal support in an attempt to try and turn things around.
Aberdeen will be on a high after holding Edinburgh Capitals to a 2-2 draw at the Linx last week, but perhaps still tinged with disappointment they gave up a late goal that cost them both points.
However the chance to go second – even if it’s only for 24 hours – is a big incentive for Barry Carnegie’s men to go to Ayrshire and nab the points.
But could a shock be in the offing? We wait and see.