The Kitmart Dundee Stars are looking to win two more points on the road tonight as they take on Coventry Blaze for the first time this season.

By Kris Smith

After claiming one point in Nottingham last night, following a 4-3 overtime defeat against the Panthers, the Stars are ready to collect more points on their road trip weekend.

This is the Tayside team’s first match against the Blaze in this campaign and Danny Stewart’s side are currently fourth in the table with seven points from five matches.

In their last game, the West Midlands club were defeated Cardiff Devils 2-1 in the Challenge Cup, with Janne Kivilahti scoring both of the away team’s goals.

However, Coventry’s leading scorer is forward, Johnny Curran who has netted three times and assisted on nine more goals in 13 games.

Meanwhile, Charlie Combs added to his team-leading 15 points, with a goal and two assists last night.

Gabriel Desjardins opened the scoring for Dundee, before Mathieu Tousignant tied the game in the second period.

Combs then restored the Stars lead, only for Christophe Boivin to tie the game again and Oliver Betteridge to give Nottingham their first lead of the night.

However, a late third period powerplay goal from Sebastian Bengtsson forced the game into overtime, where Boivin bagged his brace to claim the extra point for the Panthers.

Also, the Blaze will be without the suspended Justin Hamonic, Nathaniel Halbert and David Broll, whereas the Stars were missing the injured Philippe Sanche and Craig Moore in Nottingham last night, as Toms Rutkis and Markus Kankaanperä returned to the line-up.

Looking ahead to his first trip back to Coventry, ex-Blaze forward, Dillon Lawrence said: “I am looking forward to playing back in their building again

“It will be strange after playing there for two seasons, but exciting as well, they always have a good atmosphere and it will be fun to play in.”

The Canadian center also shared what he expects to come up against tonight and what the Stars will have to do to get a big win on the road.

Lawrence added: “Coventry are tough to play against, and they make a point of that especially in the Skydome.

“It will be a fast paced and physical game from the drop, and we will need to match that.

“They have a lot of returning players, and guys who have been there for multiple seasons for a reason.

“We will need to be responsible with the puck to avoid giving them second opportunities, and head into the game prepared for the intensity and physicality.”

Tonight’s tie in Coventry faces-off at 5:30pm.

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