Glasgow Clan vs Guildford Flames
Braehead Arena, Glasgow (face off 7pm)
Ticket details: Glasgow Clan Tickets
Webcast: Clan TV
Covid guidelines and information: Braehead Arena
When celebrating the life and work of Rabbie Burns, it’s only apt a team called ‘Flames’ provide the opposition and that’s the case when Paul Dixon brings his team to Scotland for another meeting at Braehead Arena.
Guildford haven’t enjoyed the best of runs recently and after beating Fife Flyers last week, it broke a 10-game losing league run, which would have buoyed them as they went to Coventry Blaze on Friday night.
A trip to Glasgow has usually served Flames well and Clan’s 4-3 win over them last month was the first time in five games where the home team claimed the points.
Both teams are in solid mid-table positions and have Nottingham Panthers in their sights, but with only a handful of points separating the mid-section to the bottom end of the play-off placings, it can all change quite quickly.
Clan’s unbeaten run was ended on Wednesday in overtime, but with the home crowd back and in full voice, the Purple Army could play a key role in helping win the points for this one.
Last Six Games:
Wed 26/01 PSEL vs Sheffield Steelers (a) L 2-3 (After Overtime)
Sun 23/01 PSEL vs Nottingham Panthers (a) W 2-1
Sat 22/01 PSEL vs Manchester Storm (h) W 4-3
Wed 19/01 PSEL vs Belfast Giants (h) W 3-1
Sat 15/01 PSEL vs Dundee Stars (a) W 5-3
Fri 14/01 PSEL vs Nottingham Panthers (h) L 2-5
Last Six Games:
Fri 28/01 PSEL vs Coventry Blaze (a) L 3-4 (After Penalty Shots)
Sun 23/01 PSEL vs Belfast Giants (h) L 1-4
Sat 22/01 PSEL vs Fife Flyers (a) W 4-1
Wed 19/01 CC QF vs Nottingham Panthers (h) W 3-2
Sun 16/01 PSEL vs Coventry Blaze (h) L 3-4 (After Overtime)
Sat 15/01 PSEL vs Sheffield Steelers (a) L 5-6
THE SEASON SO FAR
Sun 12/12 Glasgow Clan 4 Guildford Flames 3
Tue 23/11 Guildford Flames 4 Glasgow Clan 2
(PHOTO: Scott Wiggins)
PLAYER TO WATCH
#7 Robert Lachowicz
Eyebrows were raised when Robert Lachowicz ended a long association with Nottingham Panthers in the summer to join Guildford Flames, but the GB international is making it work well.
The 31-year-old is doing well for them and always seems to pick up points against the Clan whenever he comes up against them, picking up one goal and an assist so far this season.
Paul Dixon will rely on his experience and good support play with some good finishers in the line-up such as John Dunbar and Ian McNulty.
Lachowicz can make a difference and his winning mentality, honed from his time playing under Corey Neilson, could be a valuable asset for the Flames.
Photos by Al Goold unless stated