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Sat 7 Jan 2023 - 07:00AM




The Nottingham Panthers host Guildford Flames at the Motorpoint Arena in the Viaplay Elite League this evening (7pm face-off).

After back-to-back sell-outs against Sheffield Steelers and Coventry Blaze over the festive season, another large crowd is expected tonight.

It's Guildford's final regular-season visit to Nottingham with both sides having a win a-piece to their name so far. Panthers came from behind to win 4-3 in overtime on the opening day of the season in September, while Guildford skated to a 4-2 victory in November.

Head Coach, Corey Neilson, said: "Guildford are a much improved team since the last time I was here.

"They are well drilled and very, very fast. This is the most physically competitive Guildford side I have ever seen.

They dump a lot of pucks, put pucks behind the defence and they forecheck hard, so it will be another good test."

Team News
Panthers will be without defencemen Duggie Lagrone who remains out because of injury, while Craig Puffer has a one-match suspension.

Craig Moore is fit again after recovering from an eye injury that has kept him out since mid-November.

Superhero Night
Come and join in the fun and come dressed as your favourite superhero - there will be prizes on offer for the best-dressed. The top three will win a 2023 Panthers calendar and the crowd will cheer for the overall winner, who will get a Panthers jersey of their choice ordered to their specifications (size, name and number).

Anyone who comes dressed as a superhero will get a free entry for Chuck-a-Puck and you could meet Superman, Batman and Bumblebee from Transformers - lookout for them in the foyer.

Can you open the Panthers Vault and win £400?
The Panthers Vault has now reached £400 after three successive wrong guesses. It's £1 per entry and if your ticket is drawn out of the hat, you go rinkside with DJ Ken Feast to try and win the money inside the vault.

Choose one of the players from the Panthers roster shown on the jumbotron to reveal a four-digit code. Only one of the players has the correct code to unlock the vault!

Chances to win in the Fifty50, Shirt Off His Back and Chuck-a-Puck
Tickets for the Shirt Off His Back raffle will be on sale in the foyer and around the concourse for £1 per entry. The winner will get to choose the player's jersey they want and it will be presented straight to them on the ice after the game.

Tickets for the Fifty50 raffle - in association with Temple Printing - are sold in the foyer and around the rink for £1 each. The lucky winner will go home with a fantastic cash prize.

If you aren't successful in either prize draw, please make sure you keep your tickets. All tickets are put back into the hat for the second-prize draw and the winner will be announced on our social media channels and website within the next couple of days.

In tonight's Chuck-a-Puck, you could win a Zero Latency VR experience at Meet Space VR in Nottingham worth £120 if you land your puck closest to Paws at centre-ice. Pucks cost £1 each and can be purchased in the foyer. Chuck-a-Puck takes place at the start of the second intermission.

Panthers TV webcast
Tonight's game is also live on a Panthers TV webcast, so join Jono Bullard and former Panthers netminder Dan Green just ahead of the 7pm face-off. Click to buy the webcast.