Ice Hockey: Capitals star Reid wants a solid defence on Tayside

NETMINDER Scott Reid has earned a huge reputation for the quality of his work since he joined Edinburgh Capitals and the giant netminder will be a massive figure in Friday's televised ice hockey clash at Dundee CCS Stars (7.30pm).

The 6ft 4in, much-travelled stopper is now rated as one of the best in the ten-strong Elite League by his rivals. And his opposite number on Friday, former Capitals goaltender Ladislav Kudrna, has also made a big impact since he took over from Jerad Kaufmann.

Kudrna and Reid's latest overall statistics are similar in terms of save percentage. Kudrna has a save percentage of 88.9 and Reid 87.8. However, Kudrna has only stood in 12 games for 730 minutes and received 422 shots. Reid has iced in 25 games, played 1,504 minutes and received 980 shots.

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The 34-year-old said: "Friday is a big game. Recently, we've earned five points from Belfast and Nottingham. That's amazing and it shows what happens when you all work together.

"It's given everybody a lift, but we have to do it all again."

Three points separate the clubs with Capitals sitting in the final play-off place at eighth and Dundee ninth.

However, the mood in the Tayside camp is upbeat after Sunday's 4-2 home victory over seventh-placed Hull. Capitals beat second-placed Nottingham Panthers on Saturday but lost 11-5 on Sunday.

Reid added: "Everybody will need to work on defence. We have to take care of the business in our own zone."

The game is being shown live on Sky Sports 4.