Tonight, that changes.
Even though the hometown Jets have already played two playoff games against the Anaheim Ducks — and now trail 2-0 in the best-of-seven series — tonight's contest is the one Winnipeg fans have been waiting for since the NHL returned to the city in 2011.
That pent-up excitement has the potential to explode decibel readers, say fans, former players and hockey insiders.
But not everyone was on the bandwagon. At least one Minnesota Wild fan was feeling a bit jealous.
And another has just had enough of the Winnipeg chatter.
But for those who can't get enough, here's a throwback to the last time the NHL playoffs were in Winnipeg, April 28, 1996.
After being eliminated by the Detroit Red Wings, the franchise was moved to Phoenix and rebranded as the Coyotes.