High1 at Nikko Icebucks 18:30 JST
High1 currently trails the Icebucks for the sixth and final playoff spot by 10 points. The Icebucks just played three games against first place Anyang Halla that required extra time and came away with 4 of 9 points. High1 has lost seven in a row on the road including an overtime loss. In that span they have scored only 8 goals.
The Icebucks haven’t done much better, with only two overtime wins in their last ten home games. However, they’ve found the scoring touch with 19 goals in 6 games in January.
High1 has gone 3-5 at Nikko since 2012-2013, most them have been close games.
Daemyung Sangmu at Oji Eagles 18:30 JST
The fourth game of the year between these two. The Eagles are looking to put space between themselves and the fifth place Free Blades and at the same time try to gain ground on the third placed Nippon Paper Cranes.
The Eagles lead the season series 2-1 after 5-2 and 6-0 wins and an 2-3 OT loss in October in Incheon.
The Eagles are coming off two losses at home to Sakhalin. In both games the Eagles had 2-0 leads but couldn’t hold on. January hasn’t been kind to the Eagles they are 3-6 this month.
Sangmu is 2-7 in January and is looking to play spoiler the rest of the season. They can still finish in seventh place.
Sakhalin at Nippon Paper Cranes 18:30 JST
This is the fourth game of a penalty filled series. So far the teams have combined for 6 for 46 on the power play and Sakhalin has 2-1 advantage.
The Cranes are 5-3 this month including two consecutive shutouts of Sangmu, before losing 3-2 on the 26th.
Sakhalin is 5-2 in January.
Anyang Halla at Tohoku Freeblades 19:00 JST
Halla has won all three games by a score of 18-5, but Halla is so-so on the road and the Blades have won their last 5 at home.