The Florida Everblades are enjoying life in Southwest Florida these days. They are back on home ice for a weekend series against the division rival Greenville Road Warriors and riding the crest of a five-game winning streak.
The streak included four wins on a five-day road trip through the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference that landed the Everblades back in first place in the South Division by one point over South Carolina.
Wednesday, Everblades players and staffers stopped by Golisano Children's Hospital to deliver teddy bears to patients. It was just part of the collection of more than 6,000 stuffed animals fans threw on the ice at the Dec. 7 "Teddy Bear Toss" game at Germain Arena.
All warm and fuzzy feelings, for sure, around the Christmas holiday.
The Blades (18-8) hope to keep extending these warm and fuzzy feelings for the Christmas holiday against the Road Warriors (9-15) at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday at Germain Arena.
The team then sets out on another four-game road trip with stops in Orlando, Greenville and Gwinnett before returning home again on Jan.10.
The Blades will have forward Carl Nielsen back in a uniform Friday after he was reassigned by the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.
Nielsen, 25, has played in 12 scoring one goal with three assists.
The Ohio native had seven appearances with the Crunch in the AHL. He also played two games in Syracuse late in the 2012-13 season.
It is "Ugly Christmas Sweater Night" at the arena on Friday. Fans wearing an ugly Christmas sweater get $5 off any premium seat for the game.