By Kris Smith
Dundee travel to Edinburgh on Sunday for another Gardiner Conference clash as they try to climb into the last play-off spot.
A 4-3 overtime win last night versus Fife Flyers lifted Stars above Coventry Blaze into ninth place but they are still three points behind Braehead Clan with three games in hand.
The DIA was packed out last night thanks to Operation Sell-Out as the 2000 strong crowd set the record for the largest home attendance at a regular season game in Stars EIHL history.
Edinburgh were defeated 4-2 by Guildford Flames in the Scottish capital last night as the Lothian club tried to increase their points total into double figures. Pavel Vorobyev scored twice in the second period to tie the game but the Flames hit back with two goals in the second to secure the two points.
Stars claimed a 2-1 shootout last time they visited Murrayfield with Omar Pacha scoring the first goal and Marc-Olivier Mimar securing the extra points with his penalty shot goal. Dylan Anderson netted Caps only goal of the night.
This is the eleventh match-up between Dundee and Caps with the Tayside team winning the last three meetings and the last one was their first win at Murrayfield this year. Each side has won five games each, scoring a total of 60 goals between them.
Dundee have netted 28 times and Edinburgh have scored 32 goals with 3 games having to be decided by penalty shots and Dundee winning two and Mimar scoring both game-winning shots.
Brian Hart has put up 9 points in the last 7 games and is “glad” he found scoring form against the team’s rivals. He said: “It always feels great contributing to the team and I’m glad most of those points came against local rivals.
“The locker room atmosphere has been dynamite since New Years! After battling through some adversity in December the team morale has been boosted significantly.
When asked what the return of Chris Lawrence will add to the team, Brian said: “He wears the ‘C’ for a reason and I believe his return will be just the boost the team is looking for.
Then talking before the game against Edinburgh and what two more points would mean, as it would give Stars there first back-to-back four-point weekends of the season. He added: “We’ve had some trouble starting games this season and we know preparation is crucial for us to win in Edinburgh.
“Every game till the end of season feels like a playoff game at this point so another four points would be huge.”
Puck drops at 6pm tonight in the capital and a webcast is available for purchase from the Capitals website.
Tonight’s referees are Pavel Halas and Steve Brown and they will be assisted by Dan Ferren and Graham Rodger.