Derrick Walser set to start giant month in the stands
Derrick Walser has labelled October as a 'huge month' for his Belfast Giants team as they look to continue their perfect start to the Elite League campaign.
The Giants have won four out of four in the league, but they must try to prolong that 100 per cent record without Walser.
He is forced to sit out the opening weekend after being hit with a two-match suspension by the Elite League's Department of Player Safety.
The player-coach won't be allowed on the bench for this weekend's double-header away to the Sheffield Steelers after being deemed guilty of reckless use of his stick during last Sunday's win over Coventry Blaze.
The next four weekends all bring double-headers against conference rivals and that will see the Giants title mettle tested to the maximum.
"We are coming into a huge month and we will know a lot more about what way the league is going to be by the end of it," said Walser.
"We have started very well, but that's all it is - a start - and we have to keep putting wins on the board."
Walser's absence and Johan Ejdepalm's injury gives the Giants defensive problems and while the Steelers are on a winning run themselves - albeit with only one of their games this season being in the league - the Giants coach is focused on what his team has to do.
"We can't worry about every detail. That would take away from our own game," said Walser.
"We will play every game exactly the same, home or away and we'll try to get the two points.
"The thing I like about the back-to-back games is that ther is no travelling in between, so that means a good sleep and no excuses."