Stewart looks forward to Tuesday
Fresh from the impressive 5-1 defeat of the Nottingham Panthers on Sunday night, Genting Casino Coventry Blaze Head Coach Danny Stewart has appealed to the Blaze faithful to join his players in their continued efforts to push for an Elite League playoff against the Edinburgh Capitals on Tuesday at the Skydome Arena (7.30pm).
The Capitals, who are generally considered a much-improved team on recent seasons, sit six points behind the Blaze, but with four games in hand.
However, the Scottish side face a gruelling four game schedule this week beginning with Blaze on Tuesday, then they travel to Sheffield on Wednesday evening, Nottingham on Saturday, before returning home on Sunday night to entertain top of the league Cardiff Devils.
The Skydome fixture on Tuesday will be the fourth meeting between the teams this season, with Edinburgh having won two of the first three and Coventry the other one. The last time the teams met, in Coventry, was three weeks ago, when the Blaze were victorious 4-1.
When asked about the importance of Tuesday’s game in last night’s post-match media conference, the Blaze Head Coach pointed straight away to the impact that a large noisy Blaze crowd can have on his sides chances.
"Based on this result (the Panthers victory) we played some of our best hockey. On Tuesday, we have to create our own atmosphere on the ice, and hopefully the fans will again come out in large numbers. It’s a play-off game for us, it's Edinburgh, who have a few games in hand on us. Winning the game on Tuesday allows us to push them to 8 points behind us, not only that but we have to find a way to move closer to the teams above us."
Blaze are expected to still be without the injured Kevin Noble, and Liam Stewart who is currently back in America, however is hoped the number 74 will be back in time for Saturday’s game in Cardiff.