Doug Christiansen has warned Belfast Giants fans not to expect a goal avalanche in every game.
And that’s after netting an average of more than five goals a game in their last five outings, in which they have also gone unbeaten to move three points clear at the top of the Elite League table.
Fans will expect convincing victories in consecutive meetings with the Dundee Stars, the first at the Odyssey Arena tonight, with a return meeting in Scotland to come on Sunday.
The Giants coach , however, is trying to keep feet on the ground and expectations at a realistic level.
“I’m not overly worried about the standings at the minute because there is still so much hockey left to be played between now and March,” said Christiansen last night.
“What we have to do is make ourselves a difficult team to beat.
“I don’t think we are the kind of team that is going to score lots of goals in every game.
“Realistically I think we’re going to have to go out and grind out a lot of our wins if we’re going to be successful.”
Colin Hemingway will miss tonight’s game after picking up an injury in Sunday night’s win over the Sheffield Steelers that is expected to keep him out for the remainder of this month and possibly longer.
Tonight’s game also sees the return of Sean McMorrow to Belfast, seven months after his season was cut short when he returned to north America to deal with allegations surrounding drug running while playing in Canada —an allegation which he strenuously denied from the very beginning.
The self titled ‘Sheriff’ has come up against the Giants new tough guy Mike Hoffman before and although they haven’t yet gone toe-to-toe this season it’s a contest that Odyssey fans will be eagerly awaiting.
Giants captain Colin Shields is confident that Hoffman will be ready.
“Sean was good for our team and we liked having him in the locker room,” said Shields.
“Mike has fought already this season and shown us what he is capable of.
“I am sure that Mike will be up for the challenge if it comes his way.”