Doug Christiansen is planning to crank up the pressure on Elite League title rivals Cardiff and Sheffield by taking the Belfast Giants’ winning run to six games.
The three team race was blown wide open when the Giants beat Cardiff 4-0 at the Odyssey Arena last weekend and now coach Christiansen wants two more victories in the home double-header against Coventry Blaze, starting tonight.
After this weekend the Giants don’t play in Belfast again until next month and that is why Christiansen is placing a great deal of importance on gaining two more wins.
“It’s vital, absolutely vital, that we get four points out of this weekend,” said Christiansen.
“If we can do that then we go into four road games with momentum and, if we have a good weekend, then it puts us in a position where we can turn up the heat on Cardiff and turn up the heat on Sheffield and put them under pressure.
“The four points this weekend are the biggest points of the month.”
Sheffield currently top the league, eight points better off than the Giants, but with a game more played. Cardiff have a three-point advantage on Christiansen’s team and have a match in hand as well and every game between now and the end of March has significance attached to it.
“Nobody is talking about us now, but when you are on top you get everyone’s best game and we had that for three months,” said Christiansen.
“I think when you are third other teams aren’t as up for games against you.
“Coventry are still a threat though. They still have the top players who won them the league last season, they just don’t have the same depth.”