At least both these teams will sell out their games. Is anyone else besides me shaking their heads at the Red Wings games? They are in the conference finals and I see PLENTY of seats empty. Gimme a break.
I agree with you on that... for me when I don't really have a favorite in a series I generally go for the team with the most committed fans. What's good for hockey. And for whatever reason, its pretty sad that the wings aren't selling out conference final games when they're favored to win the cup.
But it does seem like a perfect storm in detroit, not just with the rustbelt michigan economy the way that it is, but also the history of the redwings franchise the last 5 yrs. Perennially the best team in the league during the regular season, and a playoff choker... even if they were to win the cup, detroit fans are spoiled. Buffalo is in pretty bad shape but there are still leagues of devoted fans there.
Its almost the opposite of leaf syndrome, so much success and so little money, yet there's problems.