I find it funny Detroit can't sell out their own arena considering their success.
IMaybe we can blame that on the economy too... in case you haven't heard, things aren't going so well in Detroit.
I've heard it said for some teams, including the Wings over the years, that fans expect so much out of a team come playoff time that they only go to the Finals - sort of a high expectation / self-entitlement thing I guess. I was in Detroit 2 weekends ago, just before Game 1 of the Hawks/Wings series, and the only tickets available were the high-end seats near the boards, way out of my price range. My guess would be that many of the "cheaper" seats are sold, but the pricier ones can still be had.
The thing about Versus not showing the handshakes pissed me off too, I like seeing that interaction after the game especially when there is someone like Kronwall who's number is going to be marked by the Hawks for a long time to come.
Some fans in Chicago are majorly disappointed about the end of the Hawks season, however I'm 100% satisfied with the way things turned out. They more than met expectations and this is the most successful year they've had in over a decade with nothing but bright futures ahead.
The Hawks motto this year was ONE GOAL - used to describe where as a team they wanted to be. First it was a winning record, then 100+ points, making the playoffs, then winning a playoff series. They not only did all of that, but got all the way to the Conference finals for the first time in 14 years. A great season to me and I can't wait for October.
And as a Blackhawks fan, my goal for the rest of the playoffs is to hope beyond hope that the Pens sweep the Wings in 4.