Steelers go into tonight’s home match with Nottingham Panthers with a healthy respect for their offensive-minded rivals...but with nothing to fear from them.
Sheffield and Nottingham have won three games each in their series so far, but Doug Christinasen’s outfit have collected maximum points out of their last two meetings over Christmas.
Earlier in the season the reigning champions hammered Sheffield 7-3 and 6-1 and in total have put a total of 22 past netminder Frank Doyle.
But those days, hopefully, are over, says defenceman Danny Meyers.
“We respect Nottingham and their offensive players” he said.
“We have kept them in check at home, this season, in fact the last time they came to Sheffield we shut them out.
“They had a couple of good home wins scoring six and seven but we were short on bodies for those games and we were also chasing at the end and they got a few cheap ones.
“In Sheffield they haven’t got their offensive weapons working as they would like and that’s down to the way we have played against them.
“Defensively as a team we have been a lot better recently.
“That’s better from us D-men, but also the forwards. Their back-pressure has been excellent and every player on this team blocks shots and commits to team defence.
“This is a very different Steelers’ team to the one that played Nottingham early in the year. We have beaten them in the last two recent games and we go into the game with confidence, for sure.”
Steelers have a few injured imports, skipper Steven Goertzen, who needs to play once more to clock up for 100 EIHL games, may be rested again (leg.)