Blaze bid to strengthen play-off aspirations

Genting Casino Coventry Blaze will look to take a step closer to qualifying for the Elite League play-offs when Nottingham Panthers visit the Skydome on Wednesday night (7.30pm face-off).

Four successive wins have moved Blaze three points clear of ninth-placed Manchester Storm with five games remaining in the regular-season. They can climb above Dundee Stars in seventh place if they collect another two points against Panthers.

Their eight meetings this season with Panthers, who lifted the Challenge Cup for the sixth time in seven years by beating Cardiff Devils in overtime on Sunday, have been shared.

Weber said: "We need to take care of our business and let Manchester look after Manchester and Dundee look after Dundee and then see what happens.

"We have won four in a row which is a huge step and we now have another huge challenge against Nottingham.

"You are usually in a better mood after a win rather than a loss and they dressed 21 skaters on Sunday.

"They have one of the deepest teams and they have been playing some quality hockey over the last few months. 

"We gave up a late goal in a 2-1 loss last time against them in our building so we know we need to play a complete 60 minutes."

Meanwhile, Captain Ashley Tait is closing in on two more milestones for the club.

The Great Britain forward requires just two goals to become only the second player to score 200 career markers for Coventry.

Tait, 40, is also poised to rise to second on the all-time appearance list for Blaze in all EIHL competitions with 423.