The Numbers Game: Blaze vs Panthers

Only one game on Saturday it sees Coventry Blaze take on Nottingham Panthers as the need for points becomes more and more vital.

Blaze needed overtime to edge Manchester Storm on Thursday while the Panthers lost again to Steelers and will immediately look upon this game as a way of bouncing back.

What will the numbers tell us? Not very much, but it’s a fun way to look ahead to tonight’s game.

3

Number of consecutive wins for Coventry Blaze over Panthers, including two wins from two in the Elite Series so far

Also the number of points for Tristan Keck (2+1) and Nick Jermain (0+3), leading scorers from this fixture so far

6

Number of consecutive games Christophe Boivin has picked up at least a point for Nottingham Panthers, with five goals and five assists.

7

Number of goals scored by Tristan Keck, the highest number of goals by any player in the competition so far.  His seven goals have come from 28 shots on goal – a strike rate of 1 in 4.

Panthers have scored seven of their 19 goals in the tournament so far in the second period.  They’ve scored five in the first, six in the third and one in overtime.

In each of Coventry’s last seven home losses, they’ve scored three goals or more despite going on to lose the game

Tristan Keck is leading the way in goalscoring (PHOTO: Scott Wiggins)

11

Early risers Coventry Blaze have been more lethal in the first period, scoring 11 goals in the opening 20 minutes.  By contrast, they’ve scored three goals in the second period and eight in the third

88

Number of face offs won by Coventry’s Mike Hammond, the highest of any player in the tournament at this point.  Hammond has also lost 81 face offs.

24

Number of goals conceded by Nottingham Panthers, despite losing three against Sheffield on Friday and they remain the team with the best defence statistically in the tournament

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