Blaze look to keep home fires burning

Coventry Blaze bid to maintain their fine recent home form when they host Nottingham Panthers on Tuesday night.

Blaze have taken nine points from their last seven home games and having already defeated Nottingham twice at the Skydome this season they will hope to add to that total.

Head Coach Chuck Weber said: “Nottingham are a different type of team than we have been battling with Cardiff but they are another deep team.

“They are coming off a hard weekend with Sheffield so there are no excuses and we will need to be prepared for Tuesday.

“For us it is about getting points every weekend. If you look at Dundee they have got into fifth in the table because they have got points every weekend. That has to be us.

“We have to find a way to get two points or three points and if you just get one then hopefully that can help put some distance between us and some of the other teams.”

Canadian defenseman Josh Godfrey has been instrumental in Coventry’s recent improvement in form, scoring three goals in five games to help Blaze climb into eighth place in the Elite League.

Weber added: “He has come in to be an offensive guy and we have asked him to be more aggressive and he has done that.

“Josh is doing a great job getting the puck to the net, but I have to credit my forwards too who are standing at the net front.

“Cale Tanaka was there for his powerplay goal against Dundee at home and Russ Cowley was anchored at the net front for his powerplay goal in Dundee.

“Josh creates a lot of offence for us and we know he has a huge shot. He has actually taken some miles per hour off his shot to find a bit more space and it is a credit to him that he is making those little adjustments to his game.”

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