Panthers v Blaze v Panthers Preview

By the time Monday comes, will this have been known as a defining weekend in Panthers season or will it be known as the weekend where our title challenge probably ended?
Match ups with the Blaze have become the modern-day equivalent of our games with the Steelers when we played out of the old barn. While Blaze games will probably never match the intense rivalry that we have with the Steelers, but the contests have become a rivalry in there own right, bourne out of the sheer dislike that both sides have for each other.

Current form suggests that the Blaze are in much better form. Since the teams last meeting in October Coventry have won 10 and lost 3 of their 13 games, while the Panthers have won 7 and lost 6, easy to see why Blaze have taken over from Panthers at the top of the table.
Panthers do hold a 3-1 advantage in games played this season, outscoring Blaze 12-10. Blaze have yet to win at the NIC this campaign and that should give Panthers confidence to take the points, however much will depend on the form of Blaze netminder Peter Hirsch, who finds himself on top of the netminding rankings. The key to winning both games is beating Hirsch, while KSP in the Panthers net needs to have two solid games and stop giving up the odd soft goal.

Two Panthers wins and we’re still in the hunt, a 1-1 split will keep us up there, two Blaze victories and it’s probably goodnight Vienna! It should be a very interesting weekend.


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