On Sunday evening, the TSI World Bees have a one fixture weekend and will welcome the Milton Keynes Lightning to the Slough Ice Arena for the first time this season. 

The Milton Keynes Lightning currently sit in 2nd place within the league table with 22 points from 11 wins and 4 losses, therefore securing roughly 73% of the points that have been on offer so far in games this season. The Lightning have allowed 49 goals against them this season while on the other side scored a total of 76 goals in games played so far. Their power play unit has a 23.61% effective percentage with 17 out of 72 power plays successfully used while their penalty kill unit is extremely strong and will be something the Bees will need to try to tackle with 44 out of 55 penalty kills successfully executed. 

MK have had a total of 447 shots against them in games with an average of roughly 30 shots against them per game. But have also had 550 shots for and having an average of roughly 37 shots a game on the opposition’s netminder. There have also been 2 short-handed goals scored against Milton Keynes this season. The Lightning have also managed to score 3 short-handed goals, with those short-handed goals being scored by Ross Venus, Dilion Lawrence and Mack Stewart.

The Bees will need to pay close attention to Ross Venus who in 15 games this season has already collected 29 points from 14 goals and 15 assists while only having 6 minutes of penalties served. Although Ross Venus did only make it onto the game sheet last time the 2 sides faced each other at Planet Ice Milton Keynes was through 2 assists, he made a big impact into pushing the puck into the Bees’ defensive zone and creating key chances for the Lighting to take the lead. When considering a defenseman to keep an eye on, James Griffin will be a key part of the Lightning’s defence on Sunday. He has collected a total of 8 points from 4 goals and 4 assists but played a crucial role in the Lightning clearing their zone when necessary.