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COVENTRY BLAZE VS CARDIFF DEVILS

Elite League winners Cardiff travel to Coventry for the first leg of their PredictorBet Playoff Quarter-Final clash with the Blaze on Friday night.

PredictorBet Playoff Quarter-Final First Leg

The Skydome, Coventry – 7.30pm

 

Elite League winners Cardiff travel to Coventry for the first leg of their PredictorBet Playoff Quarter-Final clash with the Blaze on Friday night.

The playoff crown remains the one Elite League trophy to elude the Devils, despite making the final on five occasions – including last year’s thrilling encounter with Sheffield, which went to double overtime before the South Yorkshire side claimed victory.

Coventry won five straight games to clinch the final playoff spot in dramatic fashion last Saturday, beating out both Dundee Stars and Braehead Clan to make the cut.

The Blaze have won the Elite League Playoffs twice before, most recently in 2015, going to the Final again 12 months later – as the 8th seed – to defend their title; though they were eventually beaten by Nottingham.

 

OFFICIALS

 

Referees: Matt Thompson and Dean Smith

Linesmen: Danny Beresford and James Kavanagh

 

WHAT THEY SAY

 

Coventry Blaze Head Coach Danny Stewart says his side are ‘feeling good’ as they prepare for their PredictorBet Playoff Quarter-Final clash with Cardiff:

 

 

Cardiff Devils forward Joey Haddad believes the combination of a familiar core and new blood in 2017/18 can help the Devils claim the organisations first EIHL Playoff championship:

 

 

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

15/10/17 – Challenge Cup – Blaze 2 Devils 3

28/10/17 – Challenge Cup – Devils 7 Blaze 2

26/12/17 – Elite League – Devils 4 Blaze 3

27/12/17 – Elite League – Blaze 2 Devils 3

27/01/18 – Elite League – Devils 2 Blaze 1

28/01/18 – Elite League – Blaze 2 Devils 3

PLAYOFF HISTORY

Cardiff Devils

2003/04 – Semi-Final

2004/05 – Semi-Final

2005/06 – Semi-Final

2006/07 – Final

2007/08 – Semi-Final

2008/09 – Semi-Final

2009/10 – Final

2010/11 – Final

2011/12 – Final

2012/13 – Semi-Final

2013/14 – Did Not Qualify

2014/15 – Quarter-Final

2015/16 – Semi-Final

2016/17 – Final

Coventry Blaze

2003/04 – Quarter-Final

2004/05 – Winner

2005/06 – Quarter-Final

2006/07 – Semi-Final

2007/08 – Final

2008/09 – Semi-Final

2009/10 – Semi-Final

2010/11 – Quarter-Final

2011/12 – Quarter-Final

2012/13 – Semi-Final

2013/14 – Quarter-Final

2014/15 – Winners

2015/16 – Final

2016/17 – Did Not Qualify.

SOURCE: ELITELEAGUE.CO.UK

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