ROB Globke expects a traditionally bruising battle with Nottingham Panthers tonight (7.30pm).
Sheffield Steelers’ newly-positioned centreman says he and his team-mates will be relishing the electrifying atmosphere and uncompromising physical play the great rivals always produce.
And the American believes it will be a much more entertaining spectacle than the midweek 3-0 win over Hull Stingrays.
“I don’t know if its the way Hull play or we play against them we just don’t seem to match up well against them” he said.
“The last couple of games we’ve not been playing well, but we are just getting ready for the weekend. Hopefully that (game) was just a sign of us looking ahead a little.”
Globke accepted minds may not have been “entirely focused” on the Hull game at iceSheffield. The Nottingham clash will be different, the 28-year-old forward said.
“They are very physical whenever we play them its always a chippy game and the crowd is into it and they are skilled too, we wil have to come with our best game.”
David Beauregard and Jade Galbraith will present a major danger as Sheffield go for their eight straight win and close the gap on leaders Cardiff Devils.
“Nottingham’s scorers are always dangerous. Especially if you give them a chance on the Power Play.”
A win will put Sheffield a point behind the Welsh, on the same number of games.
Globke, who hasn’t scored in three games but still averages a goal every other game, says he is still adapting to life as a centre.
“I’ve not played it (the role) too much it’s definitely different though!
“I have played wing for so long and its naturally what I play but it’s different. It’s either or, really.
“After four or five games, I am still adjusting to it.”
Globke was moved because coach Ben Simon wanted him more involved - wingers can sometimes drift out of the play.
“That’s just the way it is sometimes as a winger. As a centre you are always in the play because of your position.”
Nottingham go into the game on the back of a pulsating overtime 6-5 defeat at Cardiff, in which they were leading 4-1 at one point in the middle period.
Panthers were sunk by a fourth goal of the game from EIHL top scorer Jon Pelle in the second minute of the extra period.