The Numbers Game: Steelers vs Blaze

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

10

Number of Sheffield Steelers’ home games since they played beyond the regulation 60 minutes

19

Number of games since Coventry Blaze visited Sheffield Steelers and were shutout

50

The total number of goals in the six meetings between Sheffield Steelers and Coventry Blaze during the 2019/20 season

9

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 return to Sheffield Steelers was a good one for him at the weekend (PHOTO: Dean Woolley)

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Liam Kirk’s two goals on Saturday against Nottingham Panthers was the first time he’s scored twice in one game for the Steelers

735

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

29

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

6

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. 

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