Hull Jets make their final visit of the season to the National Ice Centre having already played three of their four allotted games and having, not yet, experienced the sweet taste of victory over the Nottingham team.
That is not to say that the Jets haven’t come close because here in Nottingham the last time they met the Hull team pushed the Lions all the way and missed out in a 4-2 result.
On the road the Lions have achieved a 3-9 victory but in their last meeting on 14th January the Jets finally took a point in a 3-3 game and that must have instilled some confidence in the Jets camp prior to their visit to Nottingham Sunday night.
With the Altrincham Aces breathing down the necks of the Lions and eager to grab that present last play off spot this weekend’s games take on a quite major significance. Lying just one point behind the Lions and having just beaten the Widnes Wild the Aces will be definitely high as they play the Bradford Bulldogs on Saturday. A win at Bradford would place the Aces one point ahead of the Lions therefore the Sunday game against the Jets requires a positive result for the home team to keep their noses in front.
On paper and when you take a look at the position in the Laidler Conference of the Aces and the Lions opponents this weekend it would seem obvious that the Aces have the easier task of putting two points on the board but the ‘Dogs’ have caused upsets before and have taken points off the Aces earlier in the season. Update 22/1 - Altrincham beat Bradford 6-3 moving into 2nd place in the league).
The Lions on the other hand have fared better against their opponent but the Hull Jets do sit higher in the Laidler Conference having shown greater consistency with their results over the season.
This game promises to be an all out battle for supremacy with the Jets realising that although they will not make the play offs themselves they certainly could have a say in which teammight finish their season in the last play off spot. Face off at the NIC is at 7.30pm.