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THE WEEK AHEAD: The fight is on

January 23, 2023

The fight for the play-offs is most certainly on as we begin a brand new week and for the Glasgow Clan, sponsored by Aspray Glasgow West, the sleeves are being rolled up.

Saturday’s victory at Sheffield Steelers put Clan into the top eight, but results elsewhere on Sunday nudged them out again and now the focus is getting back there.

Three big games are coming up this week as Stephen Dixon and Dyson Stevenson look to plot their way back into the play-off reckoning.

Before we get into the games to come, let’s catch up with what’s happened in the last few days:

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TUESDAY

Glasgow Clan vs Cardiff Devils (Viaplay Elite League, face off 7.30pm)

The euphoria from Saturday’s big win in Sheffield should have died down by the time Cardiff Devils roll into Glasgow for Tuesday’s meeting.

This game, rearranged from its original March date, sees another opportunity for the Clan to climb their way back into the top eight, but won’t have it easy against Brodie Dupont’s side.

Cardiff themselves have fought their way into the title conversation and a win here would put them level with Sheffield in second and within striking distance of Guildford at the top.  An interesting night awaits.

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FRIDAY

Glasgow Clan vs Guildford Flames  (Viaplay Elite League, face off 7.30pm)

Speaking of Guildford, the league leaders make the trip to Glasgow on Friday, looking to edge themselves a little closer to what would be an historic first Elite League title.

Paul Dixon, their coach, has enjoyed a good record in our building since the Flames joined the EIHL in 2017 and will look to do again.

However, Saturday’s result in Sheffield for the Clan could well have put them on high alert as the battle at the top and bottom of the table hots up.  This is one not to be missed.

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SUNDAY

Nottingham Panthers vs Glasgow Clan (Viaplay Elite League, face off 4pm)

The Clan players will still have Friday’s game fresh in the memory when they travel to the Motorpoint Arena to complete this week to take on Nottingham Panthers.

Corey Neilson has steadied the ship since he returned to the club he was so successful with before, but the need for them to be higher up the table is an important one.

Clan won all three games there last season and another big road win would certainly be needed in what’s going to be a battle that will go the distance.

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