Saturday night hockey is upon us again and the second game of a packed Saturday sees old chums Sheffield Steelers and Nottingham Panthers meet again.
There’s no love lost between them, or so people would have you believe, so how do the numbers stack up for them ahead of this clash?
You can see for yourself, but it won’t make it any clearer. It’s just for fun.
In the four Saturdays since the Elite Series began, this will be the third time Sheffield Steelers and Nottingham Panthers will play each other on a Saturday night. The other game was last Friday night.
There have been nine goals in this fixture in both the first and second periods of the three previous meetings between the two clubs. In both instances, Steelers have scored five each in periods one and two and Panthers have scored four.
Also number of points by Steelers defenceman Jeremy Beaudry (4+5) in the competition so far, the most of any defenceman as things stand.
Two players have recorded six penalty minutes in this fixture so far. Johno May (Panthers) and Matthew Myers (Steelers) have both sat in the box for the same amount of time. But not together.
Number of points by Panthers’ Kevin Domingue and Liam Kirk of Steelers in this fixture so far. Domingue has 3+3, exactly half of his 6+6, 12 point tally for the tournament. Kirk has 4+2 and half of his goals in the tournament have come against Nottingham
Also number of points picked up by Brendan Connolly for Sheffield Steelers in his last two games, scoring four and assisting in two in both games against Coventry Blaze
Number of minutes played by Steelers goalie John Muse, all in this fixture, prior to his unfortunate injury that’s kept him out of the entire tournament so far
Christophe Boivin scored Panthers’ 500th goal against Sheffield Steelers in the Elite League era when he netted their fourth goal in last Friday’s 4-3 win over their rivals (Courtesy of Steelers Stats)
Steelers netminder Curtis Warburton has featured in the last four games for Sheffield Steelers. Prior to that, he’d made only one appearance for the club, getting two minutes in a 6-2 win Guildford Flames in January 2020