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Blaze prepare for Panthers test

Head Coach Chuck Weber hopes Wednesday's trip to Nottingham Panthers won't be the last time Genting Casino Coventry Blaze take to the ice at the National Ice Centre this season.

Having secured an Elite League play-off place at the weekend, the defending champions face Panthers and Dundee Stars on the road before a home clash with Manchester Storm.

Blaze saw their five-game winning streak ended by leaders Sheffield Steelers on Sunday but Weber wants his side to build on their performance from the second and third period.

He said: "I was worried about our start with Sheffield having been battle-tested by Nottingham the night before and us not having played since last Wednesday.

"We got down 3-0 and we were chasing the game. We pulled it back to 4-3 before another penalty - it was 6-1 against - saw us lose momentum. But I thought our second and third periods were solid. 

"I was not down after the game and I told the boys our hard work over the last month put us in a position to make the play-offs. Now we want to continue playing good hockey. 

"We go into the arena in Nottingham striving to be back there in the Final Four and Wednesday is another chance in that building to get some more experience on that ice surface.

"They are a top quality team, they are a deep team and you have to be at your best to beat them. Special teams are going to be important and we must capitalise on our chances.

"It is important for us to go into the play-offs playing good hockey, to keep doing the little things right, to keep playing with structure and with enthusiasm. That is key for us."