The team is bloody great, but the seats at Red Wings games are empty. Ryan Pyette at the Ottawa Sun has an article which tries to nail down the reason for the sudden dropoff.
Is it the economy? Is it because the games are mostly low-scoring and uneventful across the league?
"There's a lot of tradition here," said 23-year-old fan Raymond Bennett, wearing a Brett Lebda jersey. "But there are still some things people would like to see changed. For one, get us out of the Western Conference. We belong in the East. If Toronto was playing here tonight, it would be a zoo. It's no surprise the first sellout here this year (on Jan. 6) was against Chicago, another Original Six team.
"We don't need to be playing Columbus eight times a year. That's too much -- not even the people in Columbus want to see Columbus eight times. "