Coventry Blaze v Sheffield Steelers preview
With the Belfast Giants, Fife Flyers and Braehead Clan all securing their spot in the EIHL Semi-Finals and a place at the prestigious Playoff Weekend in Nottingham, only one spot is left with two teams fighting for it.
The Sheffield Steelers and Coventry Blaze take to the ice tonight to secure their place at the playoff semi-finals this weekend with the Steelers up 3 – 2 after the first leg in Coventry on Saturday night.
Sheffield are looking to end a two-year hiatus from the Playoff Weekend after they were knocked out in the 2010/11 Semi Finals by the Nottingham Panthers who went on the win the final against the Cardiff Devils.
The Steelers were dealt a blow in the first leg, after a 68 point season, 32 year-old Jeff Legue will not take to the ice after he was taken to hospital for surgery after taking a slapshot from teammate Chris Blight to the face Saturday night.
Hard hitting forward Tim Spencer will step into the lineup tonight.
The Coventry Blaze will be looking to repeat last years success in the playoff Quarter Finals, this time last year the two sides met with the exact same scoreline heading into the second leg but the Blaze advanced to the playoff weekend while the Steelers were left to watch on for the second year running.
Blaze coach and former Steelers assistant coach Marc Lefebvre may have some good fortune, after Shea Guthrie missed the first game through injury the talented forward may be able to come into the mix tonight, with the 26 year old familiar to the Steelers after his hat-trick in game two helped eliminate them last year.
After the end of tonight’s game, the playoff matchups will be set.
The Belfast Giants and Fife Flyers are already confirmed for one of the games while tonight’s game will decide if the Blaze or Steelers will meet the Braehead Clan for a chance in the final.