The Nottingham Lions are looking to move up the NIHL Laidler D2 standings on Sunday evening, as they host the Blackburn Eagles in a double-points clash at the National Ice Centre (7.30pm).

91ivodimitrijevsIvo Dimitrijevs in action in this month's 2-2 draw with Telford.

Hopes of promotion and reaching the play offs may have fallen by the wayside for Matt Bradbury's side in recent weeks but there will still be plenty of pride and passion on display, with players now knowing that places in next season's roster are at stake.

Nottingham have put their recent six game losing streak well and truly behind them, thanks to a three-point weekend at the start of the month, winning 6-1 over the Coventry Blaze at the Skydome before holding the already promoted Telford Tigers to a 2-2 draw at the NIC.

Blackburn are also out of the running for honours this time around but the Lancashire side continue to improve, having produced some impressive performances and results during this campaign.

The Lions' only other meeting with the Eagles this season was another four-pointer at Blackburn Arena back in September and it was the home side who secured the bumper points haul with a narrow 3-2 victory, in what was both team's first game of the 2014/15 season.

31tomhovellsaveNetminder Tom Hovell has been in outstanding form in recent matches.

Coach Bradbury will be hoping for the return of senior players Christy Johnson-Brown, Lee Holland and Sam Illsley, whilst he should  have a full selection of promising junior players to call upon.

Recent meetings with the Eagles have been competitive and bruising affairs and another entertaining clash is expected once again. This then combined with the Panthers being away in Belfast this weekend, suggests that there has never been a better time to head to the Lions' den for what is the best value sporting experience in the county. Ticket details are available by clicking here.

Thursday, 12 March 2015.
Simon Ball-McQueen - Media Manager