About 20 minutes to puck dropping, and unfortunately this is a much different atmosphere than Tuesday. Where the seats were packed long before the game started then, Nationwide is 70% empty right now, with the majority apparently still outside, perhaps engaging in the consumption of an adult beverage or two. I am sure the energy will come, but it will have to go a long way to get to the buzz level of Tuesday.
Looks like Hejda is out, but unclear whether it will be Backman or Rome filling in. Top line will be Nash, Vermette and Umberger. Malhotra, Modin and Huselius look like the third line.
Need to build on the energy we started to build in the second half of Game 3, and the intensity we showed throughout the third period. Lots of pucks to the net, lots of traffic, and do not let ourselves get caught in 1 on 1 battles in our own zone.
I expect the team to leave it all out on the ice tonight. No reason not to! Go Jackets!!