Belfast Telegraph

Giants need a little help to Steel the title away from Devils

By Stuart McKinley

The Belfast Giants have been promised some help as they try to force open the Elite League title race - even though captain Adam Keefe insists that securing second place and staying on a winning run for the Play-offs is the team's target.

The Play-off campaign has been a common theme since back-to-back defeats to the Cardiff Devils a month ago put a dent in title hopes, but mathematically the race isn't over yet.

The Sheffield Steelers' win over the Devils last weekend helped the Giants to cut the lead at the top of the table to five points with four games to go.

Now Steelers captain Jonathan Phillips is hungry to do the Giants the favour they need if they are to head to Cardiff for a double-header with the title on the line.

The Steelers could have a big say in the race as they come to the SSE Arena tonight before meeting Cardiff again tomorrow.

A Giants victory this evening and a Steelers win tomorrow would open the door for the Giants - provided they beat Coventry Blaze tomorrow.

"We are still the league champions and we didn't win all of those titles over all of those years by sitting back," said Phillips. "The Devils have one and a half hands on the trophy but we don't want them lifting it in our rink."

Keefe is focusing on ensuring that the Giants are in the best possible shape for a shot at the Play-off title, but he is well aware what two wins and a slip up from the Devils will mean ahead of next weekend's league climax.

"We want to gain momentum going into the Play-offs," he said, while acknowledging that the title race isn't over yet.

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