“I think everyone’s excited,” Justin Abdelkader said after this morning’s skate. “Brunner’s been talking about this all year, playing his first playoff home game here.
“He’s been so excited, talking about how excited he is to see the fans. He talked about those glow sticks they had last year. He said, ‘Are they going to have those again this year?’ I said, ‘I don’t know. They always do something different.’”
Brunner said, “I’ve been waiting for this for quite a while now. I’m really excited to come in and have a great atmosphere. I don’t know what they’re going to do before the game, but it’s going to be an awesome atmosphere walking into the Joe tonight.”