Ice hockey: Fitness fillip for Edinburgh Capitals

Curtis Leinweber's shot is blocked by the Cardiff goaltender in a previous encounter. Picture: Jan Orkisz
Curtis Leinweber's shot is blocked by the Cardiff goaltender in a previous encounter. Picture: Jan Orkisz
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Forward Curtis Leinweber, who has missed five games with a groin strain, could be in line for a return this weekend when Edinburgh Capitals travel to Cardiff Devils tomorrow before hosting Braehead Clan at Murrayfield on Sunday (face-off 6pm).

Leinweber was back in training this week, expressing his delight at the prospect of returning to action a fortnight earlier than anticipated after picking up the injury during Edinburgh’s 5-3 win at Hull Stingrays last month.

He said: “I’m back on the ice and I’m feeling pretty good. Space Clinics (an Edinburgh based physiotherapy clinic) have been fantastic, and being in shape with my trainer back home in pre-season, where I was in the gym six days a week, has definitely helped too. We’re going to take it day by day, but it feels pretty good and it’s great to have recovered to this extent after only two weeks out. I’m hopeful to be back at some point this weekend, but we’ll have to wait and see.”

Averaging a goal a game in his five starts this season, the Canadian forward has been sorely missed.

Edinburgh are in the midst of a five-game losing streak, scoring just three goals and conceding 24 in the process. Despite the poor run, Leinweber insists the mood in the Capitals camp remains upbeat and the club are looking forward to the chance to match up against two teams who have both got the better of them in recent weeks.

He said: “What it boils down to is we’re making mental mistakes. We all know that, we’ve talked about it and it’s now just a matter of executing it. We’ve got to learn from that and go from there.

“Cardiff will be a good game, we gave them a good game here on Sunday (in a 3-1 loss) and I thought we should have had a better result, unfortunately we just couldn’t bury the puck.

Talking of Braehead’s recent 7-0 victory over the Capitals, Leinweber continued: “Anytime you get a bit of a shellacking from somebody, you want a chance to set the record straight and if we get the chance to put one over a team like that then great, but at the moment we’re just taking things game by game. We’re excited and looking forward to it, hopefully we can right the ship and get back on track.”