Sheffield Steelers will have back-to-back away games this weekend with trips to the Viola Arena in Cardiff and the Storm Shelter in Manchester awaiting Aaron Fox’s side.
It will be the Steelers first visit to Cardiff in the 2019/20 season, having only faced the Devils at home, losing the September matchup by a 3-2 scoreline.
In a closely fought encounter, the game was tied at 1-1 heading into the final period and after falling behind in the third to a Sam Jardine deflection, Nikolai Lemtyugov was on hand to tie the game once more at 2-2.
Joey Haddad would break the tie and clinch the two points for the visiting Devils in what was a very close game with little to separate the two sides.
Cardiff was not the best of away venues for the Steelers last campaign, losing all four of their league visits including the second leg of the playoff quarter-final.
A key to Saturday’s game will be to stop the offensive firepower of the Devils, having conceded 27 goals in the four trips to the Bay in 2018/19.
In their opening 10 league games, Cardiff has been involved in many close scorelines reflected in their goal differential. Thirty-four goals scored and thirty-one goals conceded would suggest Andrew Lord’s side haven’t been firing all cylinders just yet, but with so much of the season still to go things could change very quickly.
Tomas Duba will start his seventh straight game in goal and will be looking to halt the Devils in their push for consecutive wins having won their last Elite League game in Dundee. (4-2)
It is a 7 pm face-off in Cardiff and you can watch the live stream here
Sunday night’s game will see the boys return to Manchester for the first league game between the sides having completed their challenge cup fixtures.
Last time out in Manchester saw the Storm hit six past the Steelers on their way to winning the game 6-2 in what was a tough night for the side.
Eight games last year we split straight down the middle with 4 wins apiece both only winning once away from home.
Having been to Manchester twice in the cup, Aaron Fox’s side knows exactly what to expect from a hostile venue and two big points to play for.
Following the incident in the last game at the FlyDSA Arena, there will be added intensity to the fixture with each team looking to do the talking on the scoreboard.
It was a feisty night on Halloween as the Steelers hit eight past Manchester to secure qualification in the Challenge Cup.
A ‘Department of Player Safety’ ruling saw Sheffield’s Michael Davies and Manchester’s Mathieu Gagnon both banned for their involvement in incidents during the match.
Both players will be missing from the lineups on the night which could be crucial in deciding the outcome on the night.
Manchester currently sits bottom of the Elite League table and their recent run of four losses (one in penalty shots) hasn’t helped in their bid to move up the standings.
Face-off is 5:30 pm and the Storm’s live stream is available here
Steelers next home game
Saturday 16th November
Steelers v Blaze
7 pm face-off
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