Panthers welcome Devils- Match Preview

Panthers welcome Devils- Match Preview

Tomorrow night sees the GMB Panthers welcome the table topping Cardiff Devils to Nottingham. The Devils enjoyed a good weekend against the Belfast Giants coming away with four points, solidifying their grip on the number one spot in the EIHL league table. However, it’s not a clear run for them to the title. The Panthers may not be able to win the league, but they can have a big say in who does, according to HC Corey Neilson who spoke to Panthers Radio with Xynomix. After a win in the league against Sheffield threw a spanner in their title ambitions, the Panthers will now try to stop the Devils’ momentum tomorrow night. Both sides have traded wins over the season and at times, the Panthers have been a thorn in Cardiff’s side. Can they do that again tomorrow? There’s already some good news for the Panthers fans, as it’s been announced that Miika Wiikman will be back in nets after his heroic performance against the Blaze on Saturday. The game is sponsored by Mansfield 103.2, the home of great music, news and sport. The latest edition of the match magazine will again be on sale featuring exclusives and a feature on the Old Market Square Continental Cup celebration night. PANTHERS’ VIP desk, sponsored by East Midlands Trains is on LEVEL THREE…that’s one flight of stairs up from the foyer and one flight of steps down from the hospitality boxes. Follow the signs to the Panthers’ VIP desk if you need to see us at the game. <><><> A night with the Panthers can be more than just a visit to a sporting event. The games are staged inside the fabulous National Ice Centre. We have parking deals lined up at the Broadmarsh. It’s cheap on a match by match basis for fans & for more information e-mail parking@nottinghamcity.gov.uk After every home game the Panthers' players will be eating meals from Pizzeria Savai, close to the arena. Fans can use their match tickets or Panthers season tickets to take advantage of a “Buy One Get One for half-price” deal at Pizzeria Savai on game days. Match and season tickets can also be used on the Nottingham trams network to get into the game with £2 return tickets. Adult season ticket holders can get a meal deal special from MacDonalds in Nottingham all week long (after 10.30am). The fifty-50 draw is brought to you in association with Temple Printing. A £1 ticket could win you hundreds or more…..you’ve got to be in it to win it! The more tickets you buy – the bigger the prize! There's also the ever growingly popular SHIRT OFF HIS BACK RAFFLE which is just one pound a ticket. The winner will get to visit the player at the locker room after the game for the shirt handover after the end of the game. The shop and the merchandise stalls on the concourse carry a full range of official Panthers branded goods. These are the ONLY legally sanctioned merchandise outlets. <><><> Even at this stage of the season we have lots of new fans joining us with the crowds continuing to grow match on match. To help them get more from their visit we have a newcomers guide to some of the rules for the fastest team sport in the word: The rule book is hundreds of pages thick but there are some basics that help newcomers understand what’s going on around them. To start with, its five skaters and a goalie per team. Two skaters on defence, three up front. If the ref gives a team a penalty then the offending player sits in the penalty box. If an opponent takes a penalty at the same time the penalties cancel each other out. Penalties lead to power-plays and penalty-kills. One team has to skate short-handed while the other has a man-advantage. If a team scores on a power-play a player serving a minor (two minute penalty) returns to the ice. If he’s serving a major (five minute penalty) his team goes the full five minutes without him or a replacement regar