Kitmart Dundee Stars host Elite League giants Nottingham Panthers at Dundee Ice Arena on Sunday (5pm).
However, first Omar Pacha’s men must make another foray across the border when they travel to Altrincham to be the guests of Manchester Storm for the 7pm puck drop tonight.
Stars are no strangers to Storm, having already slipped to the first of their frustrating run of penalty-shot defeats when Pacha’s former club were the visitors a month ago at Dundee Ice Arena.
That’s something the Dundee coach is hoping will change with immediate effect after this week’s boost at reaching the knockout stages of the Challenge Cup.
Pacha reckons his side can take heart from Tuesday’s performance against Clan in Glasgow and said: “It was good to get a result and move into the next round.
“I think the confidence will be high this weekend. We created a lot of scoring chances against Clan and it was nice to see two of our big guns find the net.
“Obviously, we can’t keep giving teams the lead and we just didn’t seem to shoot the puck enough. But scoring four goals was great.”
On the prospect of snapping the frustrating run of overtime defeats, Pacha says his Stars are more than able to pick up victories.
He said: “It’s no secret we need to get a win now.
“We’re staying positive we’re still getting points but I think I’ve said it a million times before that we’re a good enough team to beat anyone in the league.
“We’re prepared for Manchester and we’ll be going there to win. Of all the road trip games down south, this is the shortest one we’ll make. So we hope to be well rested before it and on our return to Dundee to play Nottingham.”
Meanwhile, Panthers will be playing their third game on the bounce in Scotland on Sunday after facing Glasgow Clan last night and the league’s in-form team Fife Flyers today.
However, Pacha knows the strength in depth the English club has and will probably not show too much sign of fatigue despite playing two tough games in Braehead and Kirkcaldy before they meet Stars.
He said: “They will have played a game more than us but it’s not like they’ve had a huge return journey like we had last week with the trip to Cardiff and back for the home game against Glasgow.
“Also, they are able to play a full four-line team and can rotate the bench quite a lot.
“So I’m sure they will be able to regroup for their visit to Dundee. It’ll definitely be one of our toughest tests. But you never know.”
On the injury front, Matt Bissonnette is showing progress and the coach is hopeful he’ll make his return in a few weeks’ time.
He said: “He’s working hard to get back. He’s one of those guys who hates missing games.”