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Looking at the Lightning

Stats man Adam has put down his calculator to look at Sunday’s opponents, the Milton Keynes Lightning.

After playing each other in pre-season too, Sunday sees the 2nd regular season visit to Sheffield from the MK Lightning. Both teams have been somewhat off-form as of late. For Sheffield, Sunday’s victory against Leeds, in Blackburn, was just their first in 5 attempts. For MKL the run is a bit longer, with their only victory in the last 10 games coming against Raiders 3 weekends ago and so you know they will be eager for that to change.

Injuries have been a theme of the Lightning’s season to date. Looking just at their net minders, Dean Skinns was brought in to back up the familiar Brandon Stones, once Jordan Lawday went down with an injury. Last week Skinns was thrust into net as Stones himself was unable to finish the game against Swindon, missing the last 6 minutes with a leg injury. It will be interesting to see who is between the pipes on Sunday.

Speaking of players brought in because of injury, since the last time we played MK there have been a number of additions as either injury cover or to bolster the ranks more generally. Sunday should see the latest addition, former EIHL and GB player (and son of Rod) Liam Stewart joining the ranks most recently having spent time playing in New Zealand after some time out of the sport through concussion. 

Other recent additions will be familiar with anyone who saw MKL play in the old EPL with the likes of Ross Bowers and Tom Carlon re-joining the team. They have also had Logan Prince step up from the MK Thunder. They would dearly like to have some players back to add to this increased depth.

Things to watch:

  • It will be interesting to see how Liam Stewart fits in with this team. With the option of playing up to 4 non-EIHA trained players, there is clearly a talented core group of forwards on the MKL roster
  • MK are the most penalised team in the league. The Steeldogs are one of the better power play teams; it should make for an interesting contest.
  • The Steeldogs have mixed up their lines of late and early results seem positive, hopefully that is a sign of things to come.

Steeldogs vs Lightning
Sunday November 10th
4:30 faceoff at iceSheffield

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