There are just four fixtures in the Scottish National League (SNL) this weekend, but each could have a significant bearing on issues at both ends of the table.
Aberdeen Lynx currently lead the way in the SNL with 18 points from 11 fixtures, five points ahead of Paisley Pirates who have two games in hand.
Kirkcaldy Kestrels are in third place with 12 points from eight matches, while Dundee Comets are one point behind them having played just six league fixtures.
The Comets will undoubtedly fancy their chances of overhauling the teams above them, but the complexion of the table could change after the latest round of games.
The Dundee outfit host the Kestrels on Saturday before heading to Braehead Arena to play the Pirates the following day.
The Kestrels reeled off four successive victories during February but can ill-afford a defeat against the Comets if they are to remain in the title mix.
It is a similar story for the Pirates, with their record of three defeats in nine outings giving them no room for any further slip-ups on the run-in.
With the chasing pack going head-to-head against each other this weekend, Lynx will be keen to notch their tenth win of the campaign at Belfast SNL Giants on Saturday.
Jordan Leyden’s team triumphed 8-5 in the reverse fixture and will be confident of completing the double at the Dundonald Ice Bowl.
The remaining fixture this weekend sees Kilmarnock Thunder and North Ayrshire Wild meet at the Galleon Centre.
The two sides are currently locked together on two points apiece at the bottom of the table – a win for either team would boost their chances of securing a higher seeding for the SNL play-offs.
Belfast SNL Giants v Aberdeen Lynx
Dundee Comets v Kirkcaldy Kestrels
Kilmarnock Thunder v North Ayrshire Wild
Paisley Pirates v Dundee Comets
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