After last Friday’s long-overdue victory, Kitmart Dundee Stars will be hoping their luck has finally changed as they come up against Elite League big guns Sheffield and Belfast this weekend.
Today, the Taysiders hit the road to Yorkshire to face a rejuvenated Steelers side who sit just one point ahead of Stars.
And, on Sunday, Giants are the visitors to Dundee Ice Arena (5pm) in what will be the fifth time they have met this season.
Dundee coach Omar Pacha said: “It’ll be an interesting weekend starting on the road Saturday and back at home on Sunday.
“We’re playing two of the biggest names in UK hockey.
“We played well down in Sheffield back in September but it’ll be a whole lot different as Steelers have added a few players and brought in new coach Tom Barrasso.
“He’s made a few changes to the roster and, obviously, put his systems in place.
“I expect them to be a bit better than the last time we met.
“Sheffield is always a tough place to go to and, historically, they’ve been so good.
“They’re a point ahead of us in the standings and we’re determined to get back above them.
“It really is a very important game for both teams. We want to go in there and play a solid road game.”
Sunday’s match against the men from Ulster will be the third time Giants have visited the DIA since September.
And it will be Belfast’s third game in Scotland this weekend after playing Fife Flyers last night and Glasgow Clan today.
Pacha said: “Against Giants, it’s always interesting to play a team of this calibre so much and so early in the season.
“We’ve had four close matches against them, so here’s hoping the tide will turn our way.
“We’ve beaten Belfast at home already. We won’t underestimate them but we don’t want to give them too much respect either.
“We’re going in there with the mindset that we’ll play our style of hockey.
“I know we must watch for their top players. They have guys who can hurt you if you give them half a chance.
“It’s important we are fully prepared and do our best to contain them offensively because they can score a lot of goals.”
On the injury front, defenceman Drydn Dow is making progress but is unlikely to ice this weekend.
However, forward Matt Bissonnette came through his comeback against Milton Keynes Lightning unscathed and will play a huge part in Pacha’s plans.
The coach said: “Matt makes a big difference. He’s a very versatile player, he can play in the powerplay and penalty kill teams. He has great vision and a great stick.
“He might not be fastest or the most physical guy but I think he compensates for that with his awareness.
“He is a very smart hockey player. You can tell on the ice with his body position and his decisions with the puck.
“Matt’s a player who definitely helped us last week, especially after missing more than a dozen games before it.”
On Sunday, fans are encouraged to “Pink The Rink” to raise awareness for Breast Cancer Care Scotland.
The one-off pink Stars jerseys will be up for auction during the game.
*Dundee Tigers have a double header this weekend, starting today when Aberdeen Lynx visit the DIA in the group stages of the Stuart Robertson Cup.
Face-off is at 7.30pm. Adults £6, concessions £4.
On Sunday, Tigers travel to Braehead to play last season’s SNL runners-up Paisley Pirates in league action (5pm).
Tigers player-manager Ian Carstairs said: “This is undoubtedly our toughest weekend so far.
“We faced Lynx at the start of the season and were soundly beaten.
“Aberdeen are a speedy team with some real individual talent but they’ve also had their issues.
“But we’ve added a few players since then and have more bodies available. It will be a good marker of our progress.
“For the game against Paisley, they have a couple of new imports on their roster and it will be interesting to see what impact they’ll have.
“We know we’re in for a couple of battles. But the team are up for both challenges and we’re working hard to find the formula we need to make things click.”