Both sides tasted victory at the weekend, but also tasted defeat and now Sheffield Steelers and Coventry Blaze have the chance to inflict another defeat on each other when they meet on Wednesday.
Sheffield Steelers opened with a 3-2 win over Nottingham Panthers on Saturday, but fell to a last minute 5-4 loss to Manchester Storm a day later, while Blaze were edged out in overtime by Storm then recovered to beat Panthers 3-1 on Sunday.
Now they go head to head so we’ve picked out some interesting facts to whet the appetite before the game
Number of Sheffield Steelers’ home games since they played beyond the regulation 60 minutes
Number of games since Coventry Blaze visited Sheffield Steelers and were shutout
The total number of goals in the six meetings between Sheffield Steelers and Coventry Blaze during the 2019/20 season
Number of points by Robert Dowd (5+4), Brendan Connolly (3+6) and Charles Corcoran (4+5) picked up in meetings between Steelers and Blaze in 2019/20
Liam Kirk’s two goals on Saturday against Nottingham Panthers was the first time he’s scored twice in one game for the Steelers
The number of days between Nicolai Bryhnisveen’s previous goal for Coventry Blaze (vs Cardiff Devils on March 31st 2019) and his finish on Sunday against Nottingham Panthers
Number of average face-offs won by Sheffield Steelers so far in the Elite Series, the highest of the four teams, but Steelers have played one game fewer
Blaze have had six powerplay opportunities, but have scored only two so far – a conversion rate of 33.3%. Sam Duggan and Simen Andre Edvardsen were the men to get the goals for them so far.