Penguins GM Craig Patrick says he’s surprised game attendance is as low as it is.
Everyone probably assumes it’s because the Penguins are so bad, right?
But look in New Jersey.
They might be the hottest team in the NHL right now, but their attendance is pretty awful, too.
What’s it all mean?
That fans realize the regular season is meaningless. Devils fans know the Devils will be in the playoffs and Penguins fans know the Penguins won’t.
It’s yet another argument for more rivalries. If the games don’t really mean anything in the standings (even though they technically do) at least fans can see two teams that hate each other going at it.