Edinburgh Capitals must adapt their style to have any chance of upsetting the odds and keeping their play-off chances alive at Cardiff Devils tonight, according to hard-hitting forward Riley Emmerson.
Capitals must win, or at worst better the result of Hull Stingrays who host Coventry Blaze this evening, otherwise both Hull and fellow play-off rivals Fife Flyers will have secured their spots and Caps will have missed out on the play-offs for the third time in four years under player-coach Richard Hartmann.
Caps kept pressure on the teams above them with a hard fought 2-1 home win over Braehead Clan on Sunday and Emmerson said: “Sunday was a big win for the boys, especially after Kyle went down (Flemington, through injury). Everybody really stepped up and battled for each other. It was awesome just to keep the season alive, but it was nice to beat a rival like Braehead on home ice.”
Caps have beaten third placed Cardiff, who with a win themselves will draw level with Sheffield Steelers at the top of the table, twice at Murrayfield this season, but suffered a humiliating 10-0 loss when they met in Wales last November, and Emmerson continued: “We cant afford to try and hold onto the puck like we normally do. Cardiff’s is the smallest ice in the country and we’ve just got to keep the puck moving, we don’t have time to make decisions like we do at Murrayfield where we’ve had some success against them. We have size and skill, so we should be able to match them in a dump and chase style game.
“We’ve just got to go there and empty the tank. We’ve no other choice – we’re fighting to keep our season alive.”
Caps play their final two league fixtures this weekend, with back-to-back games against Dundee Stars.