Blaze bid for repeat performance

Coventry Blaze Head Coach Chuck Weber knows there will be no room for error when his team take on Sheffield Steelers in the Elite League play-offs this weekend.

Weber’s side have beaten Steelers in six of their 10 meetings this season, with this quarter-final series a repeat of last year’s final which Blaze won 4-2 in Nottingham.

Weber said: “We have looked at their structure and how we can handle it. The boys have been given all the information, it is now about them executing the gameplan and doing all the little things.

“There are no secrets between us and Sheffield. It will be about who has a higher work-rate and who is willing to sacrifice that will give themselves the better chance.

“Every shift will be important. It is not like back in North America when you have a best of five or a best of seven where you can have an off game and still recover.

“Here you have an off period and you might not recover. The intensity is ramped up.”

Blaze have six members of last year’s championship-winning side and Weber believes their experience can help the class of 2016.

He added: “The two teams have a lot of striking similarities. Both had a 24-25-3 record, last year it was enough to finish sixth, this year it got us eighth.

“Our last 10 home games last year were 8-1-1 and this year it was 8-2-0. This year’s team is more offensive but last year’s was a little better defensively.

“If we do the little things well then we will give ourselves a great chance to go back to the Final Four weekend.”

(Image permission: Scott Wiggins)

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