Sheffield Steelers’ star Rob Dowd can start a goal rampage against Nottingham Panthers in the Challenge Cup at the Arena

Robert Dowd - Sheffield Steelers v Cardiff Devils 27/09/14
Robert Dowd - Sheffield Steelers v Cardiff Devils 27/09/14
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Rob Dowd is one goal away from going on a run which could set the Elite League on fire.

The wonderfully-skilled winger has been one of the players who has had to re-define his workload because of injuries and suspensions to team-mates.

Coach Gerad Adams had planned for weeks to play the 26-year-old alongside Tyler Mosienko - only to see the Canadian hammered with a five game suspension.

Added defensive responsibilities has changed his normal profile, to suit team-needs.

As a result Dowd has scored just one goal and two assists in seven games for Sheffield.

Statistics don’t tell the whole story, ofcourse - in the win against Belfast Giants on September 21 he did everything BUT score.

Adams said: “We have had to ask players to take on roles we hadn’t intended for them because of Tyler’s ban and the continuing concussion problem with Pascal Morency (he will be missing on Saturday night, again, and will go for further medical assessment next week.

“Dowdy is a shooter and my plan had been for Tyler to play with him and get him to areas where he can do just that. Lines have had to be mixed up and while Rob has been playing well off the puck, he hasn’t had much luck scoring.

“But goals will come - he will get one and then watch light up the league by going on a run.”

The coach hopes Dowd will find that touch against Nottingham Panthers on Saturday.)

Adams has been considering his options to improve the penalty kill, which has been under-par recently.

“You have to look at me- was the combination of the right personnel on the ice right? Was communication ok? Did the players execute as they should?

“It’s not been coming together, it’s been poor at times, yet our penalty kill must be the best in the league.

“But there are a lot of positives. I took a big risk by bringing in so many new players, knowing it would take a while to click. Actually I am happy where we are, there are improvements to make, but we will be making them.”

*Nottingham’s Nathan Robinson has been suspended by the Elite League for one game after he was thrown out of last Sunday’s game in Cardiff for high sticks. He will be back in the line-up for Sunday’s trip to Sheffield.