AFTER the excitement of the cup ties last weekend, it’s back to the bread and butter of the SNL – at least on Saturday anyway.
Three games are set to take place with those points getting more and more crucial as the weeks go on as the league table takes shape.
We’ll look ahead to what may lay in store on Saturday night on another busy night.
SNL: ABERDEEN LYNX vs EDINBURGH CAPITALS
Saturday, 7.15pm, Linx Ice Arena
JUST when Aberdeen Lynx had return to winning ways with that 6-1 win over Moray Typhoons last Saturday, they’ve got Edinburgh Capitals looming on the horizon.
The Caps return to league action after a five-week ‘break’ to resume their title quest with a visit to Barry Carnegie’s side with a view to reclaiming top spot from Kirkcaldy Kestrels.
Edinburgh have four games in hand and that 100% SNL record and on the back of reaching another Autumn Cup Final, confidence will be at a premium at Murrayfield.
Aberdeen’s recent losses to Paisley and Kirkcaldy have set their league hopes back, but an unlikely win over the Capitals would open things up and show they are there for the taking.
It has the makings of a terrific game and if Aberdeen can strike first and get their noses in front, it could make for a fascinating contest in the North East.
SNL: MORAY TYPHOONS vs DUNDEE TIGERS
Saturday, 6pm, Elgin Leisure Centre
DUNDEE TIGERS have shown there’s nothing wrong with their cup form, having reached the Autumn Cup Final and the Scottish Cup Semi Finals.
However their league form leaves a lot to be desired and are second bottom going into this weekend’s round of games.
They’ve won their last three games, so there’s some semblance of form and that will play a big part as they go to Elgin to face Moray Typhoons, who’s recent good run was ended abruptly in Aberdeen.
The Typhoons were understrength for that game and will be hoping for more bodies if they are to take the points and victory would see them into the top half of the table.
As for the Tigers, two points would see them climb at least one place in the table and move them away from Kilmarnock Storm, who are marooned at the bottom of the table.
SNL: NORTH AYRSHIRE WILD vs KILMARNOCK STORM
Saturday, 6.30pm, Auchenharvie
IT’S derby day in Ayrshire and North Ayrshire Wild lock horns with Kilmarnock Storm and if ever there was an incentive for Storm to get their first league points, this is it.
Rock bottom of the table, a victory wouldn’t see them climb the table, but it will break the shackles of defeat that has engulfed their season so far.
However heavy defeats have been the narrative of their campaign and they come up against a North Ayrshire Wild side that have improved since the start of the season.
While they lost their last match to Solway Sharks a couple of weeks ago, they’ll be set to try and take the points from their local rivals where Wild are expected to claim victory.
Kilmarnock have a job to do to turn their form around, but an unlikely away win could be the one result that may just help them turn the corner.