CALGARY, AB -- Joe Colborne knows just how crazy the city of Calgary gets during the playoffs.
The native Calgarian has experienced it as a fan back in 2004 when the Flames stormed their way to the Stanley Cup Finals and, now, wants to get his hometown team back into a playoff frenzy.
"I’ve tried to explain to the guys how exciting this city is during the playoffs," he smiled. "Just from being a fan when I was younger, it was incredible and my favourite time of the year. Now to have a chance to get us back to that is pretty special."
With a win tonight, the Flames can clinch a playoff spot and the city is buzzing about the possibility. Tickets to tonight's match-up are hot commodities and there is no doubt seats will be hard to find in pubs and restaurants carrying the game throughout the city.
At the 'Dome, players are expecting an energized and enthusiastic crowd cheering them on.
"It’s going to be pretty loud in the building so it’s going to be exciting and something we’re all looking forward to tonight," Sean Monahan said.
The atmosphere at the 'Dome has been great all season but Bob Hartley believes the C of Red will be at their loudest this evening.
"Those fans have been unbelievable from Day One. I don’t expect anything less; this place is going to go crazy tonight. As soon as we get on the ice for warm-up, you’re going to be able to feel the electricity in the air.
"It’s a great game, two great teams. We’re both ready, so let’s drop the puck."