Steelers don’t expect easy encounter

Flashback: Edinburgh's Winning Penalty Shot goal - Sheffield Steelers v Edinburgh Capitals 02/03/13
Flashback: Edinburgh's Winning Penalty Shot goal - Sheffield Steelers v Edinburgh Capitals 02/03/13
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If you can beat Nottingham Panthers, Belfast Giants, Braehead Clan and Coventry Blaze, you’d think you’d have earned the right to be at the top of the Elite League, not the bottom.

But such is the crazy nature of Britain’s top division, Edinburgh Capitals are propping up the rest in last place.

While they are 20 points behind league leaders Belfast, they have proved they are just as good as them on specific nights.

Which is precisely why Sheffield Steelers are on their guard for tonight’s encounter with them at iceSheffield.

Steelers asst coach Marc Lefebvre says: “You cannot take any team lightly, especially Edinburgh, regardless of what position they are in. To beat the sides they have recently (won five out of last nine) shows what they are capable of.

“A lot of teams seem to have had some success against us at iceSheffield - I have no idea why - and Edinburgh did last season.

“But we cannot let that happen again. Fife Flyers won 7-4 at Coventry on Sunday and that was just the latest bizarre result - but that cannot happen to us.”

Lefebvre is an admirer of Caps’ Slovakian goalie Tomas Hiadlovsky.

“He is not conventional, he’s got a style unlike anybody else in our league. He flops and dives around like a football goalie - but he gets the job done, normally.”

Sheffield d-man Danny Meyers is expected a hard night too. “They try to force you to play their European style, and if we do that we’ll be in trouble” he says.

“They score a lot of goals (17 in last four games) but we are not a run-and-gun team like that and should not be dragged into a high-risk game.”

Capitals are coming off a one-goal home defeat at the hands of Hull.

Steelers players have had a brief holiday during their game-less last weekend - but will need to be on their toes tonight.