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Adey looks for Giants to keep up pressure

By Stuart McKinley

Paul Adey wants his Belfast Giants players to hit the Nottingham Panthers with a double-whammy at the Odyssey Arena tonight (7pm).

The Giants coach is targeting a ninth successive victory and a home win for the league leaders would also put another dent in the Panthers hopes of retaining the Elite League title.

"If we keep picking up the points then obviously it puts the pressure on the teams behind us and they are all trying to keep up," said Adey, who has Mark Garside closing in on a return from injury for this evening's fixture.

"It's making it tough for teams right now because we keep putting the points up."

A few weeks ago Adey raised concerns that the Elite League's conference system would make it easier for the stronger Scottish teams like Braehead Clan and Dundee Stars to challenge for the title, given the strength of the opposition that they faced on a more regular basis.

Adey does see the Scottish teams having a major say in the closing stages of the title race though, with the possibility that they could do the Giants a favour or two during the run in.

"We have Braehead and Dundee doing well too and I think if Fife click they could move up the league," he said.

"It's great that the Scottish teams are doing well because they are taking points off the other teams.

"I like the fact that there is so much parity in the league, there are no easy games and it's more fun to coach in that environment and I think it's more fun for the fans too. There's still three months of the season to go and if teams go on a run they can jump up the standings pretty quick."

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