Weekend Preview – Week 9

WEEK 9 of the 2023/24 Elite Ice Hockey League season and the Flyers have a double header against the Coventry Blaze, travelling south to the Skydome on Saturday before returning to the Auld Barn for a home meeting on Sunday.


Recent Form Guide

The Blaze will make their first trip to the Auld Barn this season but the night before the Flyers will play their second game at the Skydome where they will be looking to gain back to back wins on Blaze ice having won there at the start of October. The Blaze come into the weekend having lost their last two matches and are sitting at the foot of the table with the Flyers just one place above them but having played two more games. The Blaze opened their league campaign with an overtime loss in Sheffield before losing at home to the Flyers. They picked up their first win in Glasgow with a shootout decision before falling at home to the Steelers the next night. Their troubles on home ice continued as they went winless in their opening four league games at the Skydome with further defeats to the Belfast Giants and Dundee Stars before their only regulation win when they turned the tables on the Stars 24 hours later on Tayside. Last weekend they suffered their second overtime loss to the Steelers in Sheffield. In Challenge Cup action the Blaze have one more game to play when they host the Cardiff Devils next midweek.  Unlike their league form at home, Coventry have picked up five points in their three home games but have lost all four games on the road in their group which also includes the Guildford Flames.

Last League Visit to Blaze

Overall Elite League Away Record Against Blaze

P 27 W 8 L 19 F 65 A 111

Number Crunching

The Flyers will be looking to repeat their earlier victory at the Skydome this season – the last time they won consecutive games on Blaze ice was season 2018/19.

Before their win in October the Flyers had lost their previous seven trips to the Midlands.

The game in October saw Kyle Osterberg register a team high 5 points with a 1+4 performance – that’s also a team high for assists in a game this season.

Kyle Osterberg and Troy Lajeunesse both have four game points streaks coming into the weekend.

Coventry have the fewest shots per game ratio of all teams this season whilst only the Flyers and Manchester have given up more shots.

Pic Credit Scott Wiggins


Last League Visit from Blaze

Overall Elite League Home Record Against Blaze

P 26 W 14 L 12 F 76 A 63

Number Crunching

Last season the Flyers won 2 of their 3 home encounters against the Blaze.

When conceding the first goal the Flyers are 3 wins and 6 losses and whilst scoring the first goal they are 3 wins and 4 losses this season.

Looking at Flyers record by periods so far this season;

First:      Won 5 Lost 7 Drawn 4

Second: Won 6 Lost 7 Drawn 3

Third:   Won 6 Lost 6 Drawn 4

Pic Credit Jillian McFarlane and Derek Young