Blaze vs. Devils preview (29/08/16)
Following victories over the Nottingham Panthers and Tilburg Trappers, the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze go for three pre-season wins in a row this afternoon in a bank holiday bonanza against the Cardiff Devils (4pm face-off). Full game information, here.
The last time the two met was in the Elite League Playoff semi-final where Blaze skated out 6-2 winners.
Brett Robinson was Coventry’s top point scorer against the Devils last season, also equalling Captain Jordan Pietrus as top goal scorer with 5 each.
Defenceman Andrew Hotham was Cardiff’s top point scorer against the Blaze and he returns on the Devils’ blue-line alongside his brother Scott. Carl Hudson and Trevor Hendrikx have departed whilst former Captain Tyson Marsh has retired. The other big newcomer to look out for on the Cardiff defence is near 200 game AHLer Mark Louis.
The main changes for the Devils have come on the forward lines with the additions of Sean Bentivoglio and Layne Ulmer, who ripped up the Italian league with Asiago whilst multiple time Danish Champion Patrick Asselin returns to the game with Cardiff after a year out.
Although not yet in the country, former NHLer Patrick Bordeleau will bring the Devils’ muscle whilst Croatian International David Brine will add the depth with Cardiff carrying one extra import, likely giving player/Head Coach Andrew Lord more time behind the bench.
Elite League Player of the Year, Joey Martin is back again, along with Chris Culligan, Joey Haddad, Jake Morissette and the sharp shooting Gui Doucet. Matt Myers returns home after a year with Nottingham and helps to bolster a Brit pack already containing other GB internationals Mark Richardson and Josh Batch.
Elite League netminder of the year and Great Britain International Ben Bowns returns between the pipes, backed up by former Blaze goalie, Tom Murdy.
Tickets are still available for the game by calling 02476 630693 or using the new e-ticket system ONLINE.
Cardiff Devils fans please book block 7.
Why not treat yourself to a luxury ticket in the Crowngate SkyLounge - just £30 per-person and these can be bought online too, here.