Blaze aim to stretch winning streak in Edinburgh
Reflection and commentary by Media Manager Rob Plaister:
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze make the long coach trip north to Edinburgh today chasing a fourth straight win.
Chuck Weber’s men are in fine form following victories in Cardiff and at home to Sheffield last weekend, and then of course, the deconstruction of the short benched Edinburgh Capitals last night in Coventry.
These wins have given the Blaze line-up a renewed confidence, and fans will see no reason as to why they shouldn’t be able to make it 4 in 4 today. Typically, Weber is looking further forward and wants to make it 6 in 6.
Looking at the next three fixtures, Chuck has the belief that his team can win them all (Edinburgh later today, Nottingham at the Skydome on Wednesday, and then a trip to Sheffield on Sunday.)
With the Edinburgh Capitals obviously struggling, the Blaze will be looking to come back with both points. A good record at home to Nottingham will give added confidence for Wednesday’s game, and then a trip to South Yorkshire on Sunday which could be a spicy affair and will offer a real challenge, and one which Weber and his players will no doubt be looking forward to.
Team wise tonight, Cale Tanaka misses the trip through sickness. The suspended Boris Valabik returns to the line-up. This means we travel with 7 D-men; however, it wouldn’t surprise me if David Clements is given further opportunity to take a few shifts as a forward.
Weber was full of praise for Clements last night when talking to me ‘off interview’. Particularly, praising the 21-year-old for such a mature attitude. The Coventry born defenceman signed full- time from MK Lightning earlier this season and was told beforehand in Cardiff last Saturday that his ice time could be limited. So it proved with less than a minute on the ice during the whole game. Weber though was thrilled with Clements’ response and gushed with praise regarding David’s demeanour and character in the dressing room during and post-game. The next night when Clements completed 15 minutes against Sheffield in the 4-2 victory, no one was more proud and pleased for the young Brit than Coach Weber.
Last night’s crowd of 2,354 was fantastic, for with no disrespect, a Saturday night against Edinburgh. Never mind the fact that it’s something that will please the owners, Weber himself was ecstatic with both the number and the noise. He constantly tells me the difference it makes, which is why it’s something we discuss on interview regularly. Wednesday night will be critical for the Blaze playoff push, and the chance to finish in 7th place. Bring your drums, trumpets and singing voices because you’re the extra man now, there is no doubt about that. If there is one message from Chuck, that is it.