The Kitmart Dundee Stars have won their last three home matches and are aiming to continue that tonight, as they renew their rivalry with Glasgow Clan for the first time this season.

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By Kris Smith

The Stars have put together a good run of form recently, winning four of their last five matches and that has given the team a massive boost following last month’s injury crisis.

The Stars are still set to be without three players for this weekend’s fixtures with Glasgow and Cardiff Devils. However Alexandre Ranger returns to the line up for tonight’s game.

Markus Kankaanpera, Kris Inglis and Cody Drover will be unavailable for both matches.

Dundee will meet the Clan for the first time this season on Saturday and already, the historically intense rivalry is set to provide another great encounter.

Despite starting their campaign in November, Glasgow have already caught the Tayside team in the league standings, after collecting nine points through their first nine games.

Although, on their last outing, Malcolm Cameron’s men lost 6-0 at home to Belfast Giants last Sunday and have not played since.

Mathieu Roy leads the Clan in scoring with six goals and six assists through the nine games so far, but Glasgow will also have to handle some Stars players, who are in red hot scoring form.

Spencer Dorowicz has found the net twice and collected three points over the last three of games, while Sebastian Bengtsson and Philippe Sanche have six points each from their last five appearances.

Speaking ahead of a big weekend for his side, Stars boss, Pacha said: “It is a tough one.

“The Clan have been a successful team on the road and three of their wins came away from home.

“So, it will be a challenge, I expect a physical team and a physical encounter.

“It is the first time we have played them in two years and we know the rivalry is there, so we are expecting a really intense match.”

He continued: “Last week, they played four games in six days, so it was challenging for them, but we are expecting a competitive match.

“We have been playing really well the last few weeks, especially at home, so hopefully we can continue that trend.”

Stars defensemen, Craig Moore then shared how the team are approaching their first clash with the Clan.

He said: “Obviously, it is exciting to be playing the Clan for the first time this season.

“These games, like Fife games, are always extra fun to play.

“Glasgow are a relatively new team this season, coaching included, so it is hard to really know what to expect.

“However, I think we have to just approach this like any other game – have a good week of practice and be focused, ready for puck drop on Saturday.”

The Scottish blueliner then discussed how much of an advantage the team has playing at home this season.

Craig explained: “This year have been real easy for me to see the growth in the organisation since I first came to the Stars in 2015.

“The fan base has grown massively and the boost this gives on home game nights is priceless.

“We had a tough run of form to begin the season, but the fans stuck with us, and hopefully now we can continue this recent good run of form to reward the fans for their continued support.

“The boys appreciate the support night in night out – we can’t wait to see you all out in force tonight!”

Looking at the keys to winning tonight’s game, Moore added: “The keys to success for us as a team are pretty simple.

“Do not overthink things, play our game, stick to the process and we will come out on top.

“We have had a good run of results recently and that is all built from keeping things simple and playing to our strengths.

“We know we have got a team capable of winning any game if we play the right way.”

Tonight’s home match against Glasgow will face-off at 7pm, you can buy your tickets HERE! If you can’t make the DIA tonight you can watch the webcast from home HERE!

Sunday’s road game in Cardiff starts at 6pm and you can buy the webcast HERE!

 

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