Devil is in the detail for Giants coach Walser
Belfast Giants player-coach Derrick Walser will go into tonight's clash with the Cardiff Devils confident that his team can extend their lead at the top of the Elite League table - if they stick to their game plan.
The Giants are three points clear of both the Devils and Nottingham Panthers, thanks to a run of six wins in seven games since Cardiff won 3-2 in Belfast a month ago.
Tonight will be Walser's first visit to the Devils' Cardiff Bay Arena, but he has done his homework and knows what to expect.
"It's going to be a close checking game, it's a small rink so things happen real quick, but it's like anything else, no matter what rink you play in you stick to what type of style we are, play the system that I have in place," said Walser (pictured).
"The team knows what it is - just stick with it."
The Giants' league position is boosted by the fact that they have already won twice in Nottingham this season.
Walser is expecting the league title race to ultimately come down to the contests between the leading contenders and is desperate to make up for that defeat to the Devils in their last meeting.
"Its going to come down to a couple of points at the end of the year. No one is going to pull away and dominate the league and run away with it," he said.
"It's going to come down to head-to-head match ups. We are going to Cardiff, they stole a couple of points in our rink, we have to go there and steal some points out of their rink."