Nottingham Panthers: Asiago will be a test - Strachan

Nottingham Panthers

Nottingham Panthers assistant coach Rick Strachan says pre-season friendlies against Asiago will be great preparation for his side.

Panthers play back-to-back home matches against the Italian side this weekend, before beginning their Elite League campaign a week later.

Strachan told the club website: "Asiago are going to bring four forward lines and eight defencemen.

"They will have the numbers but we will have the heart, skill and passion."

Strachan continued: "The boys have been working hard in training. The young guys are improving and the older guys are getting better every day.

"And that's what it takes, you have got to get better every day to be successful.

"We have put in some hours in the last couple of weeks getting ready for the first weekend."