Doug Christiansen returns to the Sheffield Steelers helm today to find his team worse-off since he left them.
The American missed five games following family bereavement and must now pick up the pieces after losing three and winning two.
His club is third in the table, but five points behind his former side, Belfast Giants, who are in first place, and visitors to Sheffield on Sunday.
Christiansen’s priority will be to find some goals. In the three losses, (two of at home to Fife and Braehead) they managed just two goals apiece. Christiansen has been briefed on the shortcomings and will now try and get the forward lines firing.
Sunday, however, could be a low scoring game, with Belfast only netting three times themselves in the last two games. Their leading scorer is Canadian right wing Kevin Suarette, whose points have pretty much dried up in the last five games.
Before then, Steelers travel to Coventry Blaze, still smarting after going out of the Challenge Cup, following Wednesday’s 5-2 defeat at Hull Stingrays.
It was by the same score that Blaze lost to Sheffield on October 31 - so their coach Matt Soderstrom will be demanding a reaction.