COVENTRY BLAZE will look to return to winning ways tonight (December 29) as they face Nottingham Panthers at the Skydome Arena following two defeats to rivals Cardiff over the weekend.
A 7-2 loss on Boxing Day in the Welsh capital was followed by a crushing 4-3 overtime loss at the Skydome the following evening.
Now, Blaze coach Chuck Weber is looking for a response from his side.
The Blaze have taken nine points from their last seven games at the Skydome and are targeting further success in what will be their final home game of 2015.
Speaking after Sunday night’s game against Cardiff, Weber told The Observer that the Blaze have been a slow-starting team for the majority of the year.
He added: “Cardiff are a skilled team and there is a reason why they are top of the league.
“Cardiff have the leading offensive points scorer and leading defensive points scorer so facing the Devils is always going to be tough.”
Three wins on the bounce ensured that Coventry picked up seven points from their last five matches – a figure that Weber would’ve taken had he been granted that option ten days ago.
“You always get selfish when there’s the chance to earn more points but overall the last week has been good and I’m pleased with the way we have performed,” said Weber.
“We have a team goal to achieve before the start of the New Year and even though we only picked up a point tonight we still have a chance to achieve that personal goal.
“We’ve still got games in hand but I don’t want to settle for that – for us it’s about getting points every weekend, we need to find ways of picking up two points every week so we can put some distance between us and other teams.”