…to play in front of Nashville’s fans at home

The Hockey News - - The First Word - RYAN ELLIS – WITH MATT LARKIN

Have you ever been to a game there? There’s noth­ing like it. Peo­ple are stand­ing up for the first, sec­ond, third pe­riod, the en­tire game. They’re stand­ing and cheer­ing. Dur­ing stop­pages in play, there are stand­ing ova­tions al­most ev­ery time.

No mat­ter how we’re play­ing or what the score of the game is, our fans are behind us. There’s no other rink that has that kind of en­ergy. So it’s special when we go home and get to play in front of our fans.

Does our crowd give us an edge over op­po­nents? I don’t know about in­tim­i­da­tion, but as far as com­mu­ni­ca­tion and what­not on the ice…even for us, we’re yelling across the bench just to ask some­one some­thing or to clar­ify some­thing. It’s loud in there. We know how it is. I guess we deal with it ev­ery time. But for other teams com­ing in for the first time, I’m sure it’s pretty in­tense for them.


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