Cardiff Devils are boosted by a new signing and a trio of international call-ups ahead of a crunch weekend.
The Elite League leaders host fourth-placed Belfast Giants (19:00 GMT) on Saturday and second-placed Sheffield Steelers on Sunday (18:00 GMT).
Netminder Ben Bowns and defenders Josh Batch and Mark Richardson are in the GB squad for the Olympic pre-qualification tournament in Cortina.
Former Columbus Blue Jacket Ryan Russell is set to make his debut.
The Canadian sat out the midweek first leg 3-0 Challenge Cup victory at Dundee Stars.
Last weekend, the Devils turned in what player/coach Andrew Lord described as "the best team performance of the season" in their victory over the Nottingham Panthers.