Let’s bring you the numbers to build up to tonight’s game. It may not point in the direction of who might win, but it’s certainly interesting.
Number of days since the teams last met, with Manchester Storm taking a 3-2 overtime win to seal victory in the opening game
Number of shots on goal by Storm’s Andreas Klavestad in last Saturday’s game, picking one assist for his efforts
Number of minutes played by Sean Bonar, the Manchester Storm goalie, two more than Coventry counterpart Shane Owen and the most of any netminders in the competition so far
Powerplay goals scored in last Saturday’s meeting of the two teams – one apiece scored by Scott Simmonds (Storm) and Simen Andre Edvardsen (Blaze)
This game sees the return of Blaze forward Luke Ferrara, who is back with Coventry after spells in France with Bordeaux and more recently, Cracovia Krakow of Poland.
This is also the number of games Blaze went without losing a game in regulation time, a run which ended on Wednesday in their 7-2 loss to Sheffield Steelers and started during the 2019/20 campaign.
Number of shots on goal by Nicolai Bryhnisveen, the highest of any Coventry player so far in the Elite Series and the most by any defenceman so far
Points taken from Coventry Blaze in their last ten “home” games, losing to Cardiff and Sheffield after regulation time in the two losses they did suffer in a run going back to the 19/20 season.