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PREVIEW: Clan v Dundee Stars THIS SATURDAY

NEXT HOME GAME: It’s a night of celebration THIS SATURDAY when we welcome back #8 Matt Keith to Braehead Arena for his banner presentation evening (7:00pm face-off). The Dundee Stars are the visitors in a HUGE game in the battle for a playoff spot. Tickets are available NOW via TICKETMASTER or by calling 0844 499 1700.

Glasgow’s Braehead Clan will host the Dundee Stars in Gardiner Conference action this Saturday night at the Braehead Arena.

It was a fantastic night last Saturday when the Clan defeated fierce rivals, the Fife Flyers. The 3-2 win was a crucial two points and John Tripp’s men will be hoping to keep that winning feeling at home going as #OperationPlayoffs rolls on.

There is only one point separating the two teams, so both sets of players will know that a win on Saturday could be pivotal in deciding who goes to the playoffs. Our Match Night Live Reporter, David Marshall (@marshalldave38), looks at the Stars players hoping to dent the Clan’s playoff hopes:

 

#1 Gabriel Levesque (F)

The Stars’ highest point scorer on 41, with 10 goals and 31 assists, Levesque will be one of the main goal threat that Ryan Nie will need to be ready for. Levesque scored and assisted in the Stars’ 5-4 win over the Edinburgh Capitals last Saturday.

The 27-year-old French-Canadian from Montreal is playing his first season in the Elite League. He spent the 2016/17 season playing in the second tier of French hockey with Anglet.

Levesque scored in the Stars’ 3-2 victory over the Clan on the 2nd January. He has one goal and three assists against the Clan in the five previous matches from this season.

#2 Joey de Concilys (D)

It’s not been the easiest time for the Stars’ defencemen against the Clan, with 6-0 and 7-3 defeats coming the way of Omar Pacha’s men. The Dundee fans will be hoping that their defencemen will be on form if they are to come away from Braehead with a win.

The injury to Riley Stadel is a blow to the Stars so more emphasis will be put on the likes of de Concilys to keep out the Clans forward lines. The 24-year-old is playing his second season in Dundee and is well in with the foundations now as one of the team’s alternate captains.

#3 Travis Fullerton (G)

On the point of keeping the Clan out, that main responsibility, of course, falls to the Stars’ netminder who has seen 19 goals fly past him in games against the Clan this season.

Fullerton is no stranger to the Braehead Arena, after spending part of the 2015/16 season with the Clan. He then went on to play with the Capitals in 2016/17 before signing on with the Stars.

The 30-year-old veteran has made 1108 saves in the league this term, the third highest of any netminder in the Elite League. Hopefully, he will see a few more pucks fly past him as his former team pick up a vital two points.