Elite League: Cardiff Devils can deal with pressure says coach Andrew Lord
Cardiff Devils player-coach Andrew Lord says the Elite League leaders can deal with the pressure and expectation facing them this season.
The Devils are six points clear of Nottingham Panthers at the top of the table having won their last five games in the league.
Sheffield Steelers pipped the Devils to the Elite League title last season.
"From a pressure perspective, we are really able to handle that in tight games," Lord said.
"I'm sure we'll be fine down the stretch to cope with those pressures.
"After the ownership change two years ago we won the Challenge Cup and that definitely raised expectations.
"Last year they were already very high and the nice thing is that we have a lot of returning players that are used to that pressure.
"We also acquired a few players that have won in the past so we're a very experienced group this year."
Devils maintained their lead at the top of the Elite League with a 5-2 home win over the Belfast Giants on Sunday following victory at Manchester Storm the previous day.
Canadian Lord has been pleased with the season so far at their new Ice Arena Wales home in Cardiff Bay.
"We've got a great group of guys and the fans are behind us with every game sold out," Lord told BBC Radio Wales Sport.
"We've really been growing and had a great off-season of recruiting.
"The pace of play we compete at is very high and when we play our game it's difficult for the other nine teams in the league to keep up."
Devils have three upcoming away matches in Scotland, starting with a visit to Edinburgh Capitals on Friday, 4 November, Dundee Stars on Saturday, 5 November before concluding a busy weekend against Fife Flyers on Sunday, 6 November.