This is it as far as Aspray Glasgow West sponsored Glasgow Clan are concerned as the play-off quarter finals are concluded.
The scene is set after Saturday’s 4-3 win to Cardiff Devils and now we’re taking a look at the subplots that really paint a picture regarding this fixture.
1. Final four place up for grabs
After tonight, we’ll know exactly who will be making the trip to Nottingham for the play-off finals weekend and Clan will be hoping to be among them.
Last night’s result has set things up nicely for this one and now, just 60 minutes is all that remains for a chance to book a place in the Motorpoint Arena.
Cardiff won’t make it easy for the Clan, especially after losing the home leg so there’s every chance it’s a game that won’t go easy on your emotions.
2. The last home game of the season
This game is Clan’s final home outing of the season after such an uncertain couple of seasons and it would be great to end it with a trip to Nottingham.
But it’s been a long journey to this point for the club after Covid and the uncertainty over the arena and while it will be sad to bid farewell to this season, it should be a celebration regardless of the outcome.
We had a team back, players back and the Purple Army back. Considering where we all were a year ago, it’s been a great ride to get here.
3. Shades of 2014
It will be the fifth time Clan have hosted the second leg of a play-off quarter final, but they need to summon the spirit of 2014 to do it.
Clan came back from Nottingham with a 4-0 lead, but they were up against a Corey Neilson team who never knew when they were beaten.
While they scored an early goal to cause slight concern, the Clan came roaring back to win 5-1 on the night and 9-1 on aggregate in one of the noisiest and loudest nights Braehead Arena has ever seen.
4. We’ve got LaPorte…
You should have the tune in your head now and we all know how big a player our very own #37 can be on his night.
Two goals in Cardiff last night, a streak of seven points in his last four games, Nolan LaPorte is just warming up nicely.
Covid denied him a taste of the play-offs two years ago, but he’s making up for it now and if gets the space, he’ll do the damage.
5. Starrett’s time to shine again
While we’re giving Nolan LaPorte some love, you might find Shane Starrett performs an equally important role at the other end in keeping the puck out.
Starrett was in top form again in Cardiff last night and in a season where his game winning saves have become the minimum expectations, don’t be surprised there’s another big night ahead for him.
His antics in and around the crease are quite something and he’s made himself a hugely popular player in purple this year. You can expect more highlight reel stops from this man, that’s for sure.