Sheffield Steelers expect to have new signing Danny Bois on the ice for Saturday’s visit of bitter rivals the Nottingham Panthers.
The M1 derby could be Bois’ first taste of ice hockey at the Motorpoint Arena as he returns from injury.
He picked up an injury in his first game as a Steeler in Braehead two weekends ago, coming off second best in an altercation with tough guy Zack FitzGerald.
The 31-year-old forward hasn’t iced in a Steelers game since, but he did skate twice in practice last week.
Steelers coach Gerard Adams said: “I expect Danny to play on Saturday – what a game for his return.”
“He will have a full week of training behind him.”
Saturday’s clash, the latest installment in what many believe to be the biggest rivalry in UK ice hockey, will be the 100th time the two teams have met.
This season, the two clubs split their Challenge Cup games with a win apiece, while the Panthers won the league clash between the sides last month.
Adams will be hoping his men bounce back from a disappointing weekend, when they went down 6-2 to the Coventry Blaze and suffered a penalty shootout loss at the Belfast Giants – when Steelers gave up a 3-2 lead with 30 seconds left on the clock.
Sheffield missed an empty net opportunity, Belfast levelled the game and went on to win in the shootout.
Adams said: “We did enough to win the game.”
“I thought we played well for the most part and did enough to win the game.”
“If we had played like that on Saturday we wouldn’t have had any problems”
“This isn’t a game you can turn on and off like a tap.”