Match sponsor – McDonalds
Milton Keynes head to Nottingham for the last time this season, as the Lightning and Panthers clash for the sixth and final time.
Showdowns for this clash have boasted 36 goals across five games as both sides have been able to find the net.
Nottingham however enjoy an insurmountable series lead, winning four of the games so far with a goal difference of 23-12.
If you enjoy a goalfest at your hockey games, tonight could be the one for you!
The Story so Far
Clashes between the Lightning and Panthers started off with a very competitive edge when the sides met in late October.
Nottingham earned a 4-3 OT win after a fight between Gagnon and Nickerson saw Mathieu win and demand more from his teammates as he pumped up the crowd.
It worked as the Panthers pulled back 0-1 and 1-3 deficits to win through goals from birthday boy Zack Phillips.
The only blemish on the Panthers record VS the Lightning came in the first leg of the Challenge Cup quarter final, where MKL won 2-1 in Buckinghamshire. although the Panthers confidently turned that result over in a 6-2 win in Nottingham.
The final game between the sides saw Nottingham win by the same margin again at the Lightning, by seven goals to three.
Will the Panthers continue this dominance over their southern opposition? Or will Milton Keynes end the series on a high in Nottingham?
Milton Keynes still have much on the line this season, as they are mathematically still in the race for a playoff berth in their maiden EIHL campaign.
It's a long shot, however with 16 points to play for in their schedule, they are just eight away from the playoff spots.
All season Panthers have been able to look forward to the visits of the Lightning as they have brought Panthers hero Miika Wiikman back to the Motorpoint Arena.
They have bolstered their lineup of Panthers alumni since their last visit, with another fan favourite from last season, Henry Pacl.
It'll be a good moment to welcome back the young Czech netminder with a chant of 'Henry, Henry, Henry' before the game!!
However the pleasantries will stop once the puck drops, as the Panthers have a very important task to accomplish.
Last night’s loss 4-3 loss to the Dundee Stars mean Nottingham still haven’t guaranteed their playoff spot.
Can they do that tonight?
Highlights of that loss are now on Panthers TV with the GMB.
Hit the link to the right to watch them now.
Player to Watch
Yann Sauve returns to action tonight after a two game suspension, received against the Fife Flyers.
He comes back just in time to take on one of his most fruitful opponents.
The French-Canadian defenseman has played in all five games against the Lightning and boast an impressive statline from those clashes.
With two goals and five assists for seven points in the series, the Lightning may have hoped he wasn't on the ice to take them on.
Can he make it double digits in this final Milton Keynes showdown of the season? Join us tonight to find out!!
Our match sponsor tonight is McDonalds who are now delivering to hockey fans across Nottingham see their advert in tonight’s magazine.
Fans will be able to pay on the door for tonight’s 7.30pm face-off.
There are good seats still available for tonight’s game. Panthers still need to get over the line and confirm their play-off spot so a win is vital for their end of season hopes.
Fans can take advantage of the £2 return deal on the trams or there are parking deals at Broadmarsh East and Sherriff’s Lodge. You can leave your car at the Arena car park for £4 but only if you book in advance on line via the arena website.
The latest issue of the match magazine includes a ton of fans’ messages for departing coach Corey Neilson and will be on sale again tonight. It’s full of inside stories on the players and feature articles too. It’s on sale all around the arena at just £3, full of stuff you can’t get anywhere else.
We’re still getting new fans flooding in to Panthers games.