With only three games left in the Laidler Conference for the Lions the last home game is against the Coventry Blaze.

The Blaze have had a tough old time often moving between the last place in the conference and second last sharing those rather dubious spots with Bradford Bulldogs. Presently they are occupying the second to last slot. 

Although not their best season the Blaze have certainly made teams work for their victories and have taken a few scalps the most notable being the win against the Altrincham Aces. The Aces, who were making a real push for a play off spot, had their hopes of achieving that goal almost ended with that result which shows that on their night this Blaze team have some ability to cause a genuine upset.

The Coventry Blaze have met the Lions on three occasions with the Nottingham team winning in all encounters to date. In two of the games there was just a two goal spread and when the teams last met at the Skydome the Lions fought back from a two goal deficit to win 2-4.

This game cannot be seen as a forgone conclusion by any means but just on form alone and with home advantage the Lions should achieve the win. 

It is only a complacent attitude to games such as these that can create the upset as momentum, once lost, is difficult to regain so this cannot be allowed to happen. Every opponent wherever in the conference is there to be beaten, yes, but also to be respected.

Last Sunday the Lions travelled to meet the Blackburn Eagles and, this was expected, to be a tough game and possibly a tight scoreline. This is exactly what occurred as the Eagles won out with a 2-1 victory. The Blackburn team gained their win in the last period with the first two periods tied at one apiece. 

The Lions have qualified for the end of season play offs at Sheffield and presently sit in third place which would, if maintained, mean a semi final meeting with the Widnes Wild. 

Blackburn Eagles require just one more point to make the play offs but have games in hand so mathematically, if games go their way, could take that third place and thereby avoid meeting a team that has proved their nemesis, the Deeside Dragons.

Talking to Head Coach Matt Bradbury he is happy that the Lions have made the play offs and to date being the only team to really upset the Deeside Dragons with a famous 2-7 win and a tight and feisty 7-5 loss over in Flintshire. He, his fellow coaches and team are really not that fazed about who they might meet in the semi finals, just happy to be part of the play off finals.  

Face off on the Olympic Rink is at 7.30pm

Sunday, 13 March 2016.