Toiling Edinburgh Capitals seek end to their slump

Edinburgh face Braehead. Picture: Jan Orkisz
Edinburgh face Braehead. Picture: Jan Orkisz
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Edinburgh Capitals, currently in the midst of an 11-game losing streak, travel to Glasgow tomorrow to face Braehead Clan before returning to Murrayfield on Sunday for a chance to shoot down the high-flying Dundee Stars.

With Caps fans becoming increasingly disheartened by their team’s poor run, which has them marooned at the foot of the Elite League table four points adrift of Cardiff Devils, team co-owner Scott Neil and player-coach Richard Hartmann, who two weeks ago promised changes at the club, were both today remaining tight-lipped over the prospect of new faces.

Neil said: “We’re always looking at ways of strengthening the team. We know results haven’t gone the way we wanted them to, which has frustrated the players and everyone else involved with the club.”

Hartmann added: “Changes will be made, but right now I have no news to give.”

Hartmann was more open when talking about the squad he currently has to work with, and despite losing both home and away last weekend to Hull Stingrays, was adamant his team deserved more for their efforts, saying: “There are positives to take. I felt, especially in Hull on Sunday that we are getting closer to the way I would like the team to play. We were all over them and in no way did the result reflect what went on in the game. That’s the way it goes sometimes. We created plenty of chances and that’s the first step in the right direction.”

Edinburgh’s weekend fixtures are the final two of a series of seven straight games against Gardiner Conference opposition, a stretch that had been seen as pivotal in getting the club’s season back on track. However, despite holding a lead at some point in each of those matches, Hartmann’s men only have one league point to show for it – gained for a regulation 2-2 draw with Braehead – before eventually being beaten on penalties.

Hartmann added: “We need to cut out the spells of five or ten minutes of poor play that are costing us games.

“On Sunday, despite playing well for the majority of the game we went to sleep for ten minutes and it cost us four goals. We struggled on the power-play as well as killing penalties and that is something we have looked to address in training this week.

“A couple of the guys have been resting up after taking the usual bruises and knocks but I expect us to be at full strength tomorrow.”