Nottingham Panthers will face Midlands rivals Coventry Blaze on Saturday before renewing hostilities with the Sheffield Steelers the day after which could see them take top spot on Sunday night.

The Panthers have won four games on the bounce and look to extend their run to five when they host a Coventry side who have started the season wretchedly after winning only five out of a possible 18 since winning promotion last year.

Despite two of those victories coming against the Panthers, the odds are against the side who sit bottom of the table with just five points.

However the focus lies on the game with the Steelers who have already beaten the Panthers twice this year.

The Panthers lie in second place and are three points off the Belfast Giants with four games in hand. A win over Coventry Blaze would take them within one point of top of the league and would set up for an enthralling encounter with their oldest rivals in the sport.

The Steelers currently lie in fourth and are five points adrift of the Panthers who could go in touching distance if they end their four-game unbeaten run come Sunday.

The Sheffield Arena sold out its allocation within the space of five days.

A ticket office spokespersons said that ‘it was the quickest sell out’ for a hockey match they have had: “The allocation sold out within the space of five days.

“The rivalry between the Panthers and the Steelers has been going on for quite some time and it is growing and growing each year”.

Panthers fans who are making the trip up to Yorkshire have expressed their excitement for Sunday’s encounter.

Jonathan Waldron, 38, from Nottingham says: “The build up to the game has been really good because the Panthers have gone on such a good run and are in a healthy position in the league.

“There is a good feeling for this weekend and hopefully two wins will see the Panthers sit in a healthy place in the league and also a chance to regain the bragging rights from the Steelers”.

The game pucks off at 17:00 at the Sheffield Arena this Sunday.