Cardiff and Coventry next up in busy weekend

Cardiff and Coventry next up in busy weekend

The GMB Nottingham Panthers entertain the Coventry Blaze on Sunday, but before that they travel to Cardiff to take on the Devils tonight. The Panthers have already had a tough away game in Braehead and all eyes are on the medical room to get a fuller bench ready for tonight. Stephen Schultz will have checks today on the facial injury he picked up in Thursday's game in an incident that drew the only referee's call of the night (five and game for elbows for the Clan). Fortunately though, the Panthers didn’t come back from Braehead empty handed. They fought hard to earn a 3-3 win making next Wednesday’s return fixture a huge clash! Tonight, the Panthers hope to improve on their last visit to Cardiff by taking points back to Nottingham. The last meeting saw an incredible hockey match with Cardiff earning a comeback win in the third period. For fans who can’t make the journey, there will be a webcast of the EIHL clash. Then it’s time for a home game for the boys in black and gold as the Coventry Blaze visit the National Ice Centre. Last time the sides met, the game featured a bit of everything as there were goals and saves aplenty as well as an epic encounter between Brian McGrattan and Garrett Klotz. You can guarantee your place in the crowd by buying on line (click on the right), from 0843 373 3000 or by visiting the box office. The match will be screened for you to re-live the action within an hour of the final hooter at Saltbox, just off the Plaza. Meanwhile, the sale of Ice Guardians tickets continues and they are selling fast so make sure to get yours tonight. the Hollywood movie is coming to Nottingham for three special Panthers presentations in January. They will be available from the photo and DVD desk in the foyer at the game meanwhile. While buying your Ice Guardian tickets, make sure to get your hands on the new 2017 Panthers calendar from the same desks. The new magazine debuts tomorrow and covers the next 3 home games so get the huge value for your money and buy one tonight! It'll be on sale all around the arena for just £3 at the game. There’s a shirt off the back of one of the players up for grabs in the special raffle again. A £1 ticket could see you win one of the shirts from the game and have it presented at the locker room by the player himself. The fifty-50 draw will be in operation too – you could win a big cash prize but you have to be in it to win it! The more tickets you buy – the bigger the prize! We have parking deals lined up at the Broadmarsh. It’s cheap on a match by match basis for fans, for more information e-mail parking@nottinghamcity.gov.uk Saltbox next to the arena is under new management and will be offering meal deals on game days too. They’re now the Panthers’ goals sponsor too so listen out for their “drink to that one at Saltbox” announcements during the game. Match and season tickets can also be used on the Nottingham trams network to qualify for £2 return journeys. Adult season ticket holders can get a meal deal special from McDonald's in Nottingham all week long (after 10.30am). The shop and the merchandise stalls on the concourse carry a full range of Panthers branded goods. <><><> WE HAVE GOT A LOT OF NEW FANS COMING TO GAMES THIS SEASON. TO HELP THEM - a newcomers guide to some of the rules for the fastest team sport in the word: The rule book is hundreds of pages thick but there are some basics that help newcomers understand what’s going on around them. To start with, its five skaters and a goalie per team. Two skaters on defence, three up front. If the ref gives a team a penalty then the offending player sits in the penalty box. If an opponent takes a penalty at the same time the penalties cancel each other out. Penalties lead to power-plays and penalty-kills. One