Preview: Devils look to cement Elite League lead at Flyers

Cardiff Devils can cement their lead at the top of the table by winning their game in-hand over Elite League title rivals Belfast Giants, against Fife Flyers this evening.

Devils (37-8-6) travel to Flyers (25-19-6) on a three-game win-streak and can move four points clear of second-place Giants, as they close in on a third straight title.

Ben Bowns recorded back-to-back shutouts as the Devils defeated Coventry Blaze and Sheffield Steelers last weekend, earning himself the league’s Player of the Week award in the process.

Bowns was key, stopping all 58 shots across both games with the Devils penalty kill also highly effective, killing 13/13 power play opportunities.

Andrew Lord will be hoping be the Devils can continue that form in Kirkcaldy. He has a fully-fit roster with fit-again Joey Haddad and Toms Rutkis both expected to skate.

Fife, coming off a 4-3 OT loss at Panthers, are still looking to nail down their play-off place.

Point leaders:
Points: Paul Crowder (FIF) 51; Gleason Fournier (CAR) 64.

Goals: Evan Bloodoff (FIF) 23; Joey Martin (CAR) 29.

Assists: Carlo Finucci (FIF) 35; Gleason Fournier, Charles Linglet (CAR) both on 44.

Shane Owen (FIF) GP 50, S% .910
Ben Bowns (CAR) GP 51, S% .914

Special teams:
FIF PP: 21.6 % (3) PK: 83.0 % (3)
CAR PP: 24.9% (2) PK: 81.6% (6)

How to watch:
Flyers are have their own webcast available hereThe puck drops at 7:30.

Featured image courtesy of Cardiff Devils / Dave Williams

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