Kirkcaldy Kestrels host Moray Typhoons on Saturday hoping to get their SNL season off to the perfect start.
The Kestrels finished fourth last term having won the title for the previous two years, but coach Steven Wishart believes his team can challenge for honours this term.
“After a couple of warm-up games against Dundee Comets we’re excited and ready to get our league campaign underway,” he said.
“Last season was a transitional period for ourselves, but with the addition of a few experienced players to the squad over the summer months we feel we’re ready to kick on and really challenge for silverware this season.
“The game this Saturday can’t come quick enough. We’re expecting a hard working Moray team which goes right to the end.
“They’ve added an import player to their roster and ran Aberdeen close last weekend, so we’ll need to be on our game if we’re to start with a victory.”
Dundee Tigers get their season underway on Sunday when they face Kilmarnock Storm.
The Tigers struggled towards the back-end of last year, eventually finishing in seventh place, but defender Ian Carstairs expects a better showing this time around.
“It feels like it’s been a long summer and we’ve had some changes in the club over the close season,” said Carstairs.
“A couple of players have moved on and we’ve added a few new faces to the line-up, so it will be good to get on the ice and see how we gel.
“We’ve not secured the services of an import to the team yet, but are still interested in recruiting one if we can find the right person to fit with the team.
“We face Kilmarnock Storm this weekend and it will be interesting to see how their squad has been affected by the introduction of another team playing out of the Galleon Centre.
“They finished their last campaign on a high after defeating us, so we’ll be going into this game with our wits about us.”
Kilmarnock Thunder v Dundee Comets
Kirkcaldy Kestrels v Moray Typhoons
Dundee Tigers v Kilmarnock Storm
North Ayrshire Wild v Edinburgh Capitals SNL
Solway Stingrays v Aberdeen Lynx