Gameday- Panthers vs Lions
Today is BELIEVE DAY, as the Panthers look to rewrite the history books once again.
Tonight's 7PM showdown vs the Zurich Lions is probably the longest odds the Panthers have ever faced in their aims to shock the hockey community.
To avoid going to overtime, the Panthers have to beat the European hockey giants by three goals or more.
The Nottingham side has never been a bigger underdog than they will be tonight, but that doesn't mean the team don't think they can do it.
Every interview on Panthers Radio with Xynomix, on the BBC or in any media has suggested that the boys believe they have what it takes to win.
Rick Strachan said right after the first leg "this tie is not over"; Steve Lee said that with the Panthers Nation there in full voice "we can do it"; and the greatest knockout situation coach in the Elite League, Corey Neilson, returns from Canada and a personal bereavement, to be behind the bench guiding the players on.
Corey said "with out support, we can do this" and the support will be there. The Motorpoint Arena looks set to play host to the first Champions Hockey League sellout of the season as more than 6,000 members of the Panthers Nation descend on Nottingham tonight at seven.
It's an event to not be missed and if you could still get a seat, don't you dare miss out on the ultimate 'I was there' moment.
As usual at a Panthers match, there's plenty going on around the arena too.
We have our magazine out for sale for just £3 with interviews with Garnett, Brisebois, Billingsley and Sauve for your reading enjoyment.
Make sure to get your tickets for our Shirt off the back raffle too.
We have a blood shirt signed by the whole team ready to go to a lucky fan, and the winner gets to choose who presents it!
The fifty-fifty draw will be in operation also and remember, you’ve got to be in it to win it!
We'd also like to remind supporters that the new security measures are still being enforced.
The arena has done a great job of implementing it so far and fans have been very supportive of the new safety and security measures.
However, fans are urged to allow extra time to get to their seats. There will be bag searches and the restrictions on sizes will be enforced.
There will be no lockers in general use at Panthers’ home games, there will be pat downs and wand searches going on in the search lanes too.
Please follow the arena staff instructions when leaving the arena after the games this year.
PANTHERS’ VIP desk, is again on LEVEL THREE…that’s one flight of stairs up from the foyer and one flight of steps down from the hospitality boxes.
We have parking deals lined up with Nottingham City Car Parks at Broadmarsh East and Sheriff’s Lodge. It’s going to be cheap on a match by match basis for fans, but it’s cheaper still if you grab a parking season ticket. For more information call 0115 8761444.
Meanwhile there has been a revamp for fans on the concourse too with more choices on the food front and reduced prices for beer, tea and coffee. Every time Panthers kill off a penalty on the ice there will be ten pence knocked off the price of a pint in the ENCORE bar after the final hooter where Dan Green will be having a chat with one of the players as soon after the hooter as they can get there.
Shooters Bar will be backing the Panthers' powerplay this season. Adult season ticket holders can get a meal deal special from MacDonalds in Nottingham all week long (after 10.30am).
Match and season tickets can be used on the Nottingham trams network to get to the game for £2 return.