CBS4's Mike Cugno has a preview of the big game.
- Well, it is a big day for the Florida Panthers as they face off against the defending Stanley Cup Champion, the Tampa Bay Lightning in game one of the playoffs. The Panthers haven't won a playoff series in 25 years, but today they do have home ice advantage. CBS 4's Mike Cugno is standing by at the BB&T Center with a preview of the big game, Mike.
MIKE CUGNO: Carly, that's ancient history. Panther fans out here are very excited. The doors just actually opened up to cheers of let's go Panthers, let's go Panthers. Now, capacity is going to expand for this one. About 50% tonight some 9,000 fans will be in the building, and they're starting to file in as we speak. Now the motto for this series is going to be fear no one. These rally towels will be given out to fans in attendance. Board approved in the regular season that they weren't afraid of the defending champs. The Cats were 5-2 in one against the Lightning this year. However, Tampa is getting two of their best players back tonight, so the Panthers know they have to find another gear.
JOEL QUENNEVILLE: It's kind of a long week waiting for this day to happen. So we're excited about being here, and now it's a different game than what we saw at the beginning of the season. Something we are excited about the chance and the privilege of playing playoff hockey against a team that we know we've got to be at our best. And we've had some really good stretches this year, and we played well against some, but you know, some of that can help you through it, but I know that we've got to go to the next level.
MIKE CUGNO: So, the Panthers have home-ice advantage in this series game one tonight. [INAUDIBLE] dropped at 7:30 here at the BB&T Center later tonight on the CBS sports desk at 11:30 after the news. Play by play, man and our colleague Steve Goldstein will join me off the ice to recap this game, break it all down. He'll join me and Jim Berry tonight on the CBS Sports desk [? 4 ?] on this game and the rest of the day's sports. Coming up later tonight at 6:30. Carly, back to you.
- We're looking forward to it, Mike. Thank you.