The sound of silence could profit the Vancouver Canucks after they open their best-of-five Stanley Cup qualifying sequence towards the Minnesota Wild Sunday night time.
For the 9 Canucks who have by no means appeared within the NHL’s post-season, the depth of the playoffs and the sudden momentum swings can be a brand new expertise. Not having followers in Edmonton’s Rogers Place attributable to COVID-19 issues will assist remove any additional nerves or jitters generated by a big, hostile crowd.
“After all it is going to have an impact,” mentioned ahead Elias Pettersson, 2019’s Calder Memorial Trophy recipient as high rookie, who positioned second in Canuck scoring this season with 27 objectives and 66 factors. “Followers make the sport a lot extra thrilling, they convey a lot power.
“It’s what it is, we simply should cope with it.”
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