SHEFFIELD Steelers turn their League attention to Coventry Blaze tonight, knowing their opponents are likely to also be their Play Off foes when the post-season tournament starts.
Ryan Finnerty’s men know a strong performance will put a marker down during a weekend when Nottingham Panthers go into Championship mode.
Steeler Jeff Legue says: “All we can do now is make sure we win all of our remaining games and give the fans something special - and a couple of trophies - starting with the Challenge Cup final next Wednesday.
“Jonathan Phillips (capt) was right when he said our team needs some form of redemption. He was right.
“To win that final we have to go in with good form and a couple of wins this weekend against Coventry and Cardiff (Sunday) would be perfect” said Legue, who has failed to record at least a point in only one of his last eight appearances.
“It’s a matter of taking some of the anger out we all have right now on those sides.
“Both weekend games will be tough, and it looks like we will face Coventry in the Play Offs. That will be a hard series and I think both teams will see Saturday’s game as a tester for the series in a couple of weeks time.
“Trust me, it hurts everyone of us in the Steelers’ dressing room seeing Nottingham winning the league championship.
“I’ve been here long enough to understand and realise how important the whole Steelers v Panthers rivalry is. I understand the history. To suggest we don’t care is wrong.
“Cardiff have taken points off us this year home and away. They are a good team. They haven’t qualified for the Play Offs yet and some lower teams are chasing them. They need a win or two to be safe. They won’t get one on Sunday.”
Coventry - who have won their last three games - and Cardiff, who are on a wretched six match losing streak, are the teams directly below Sheffield in the League table.