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Seven Bucks

Yes, Gary Bettman’s vision of NHL in southern cities is definitely working out. If you’re a Florida Panthers fan.

The Panthers have announced their new ticket promotion and it goes like this: Buy a season ticket and games can be as low as $7 a ticket. This also includes free parking and a Panthers jersey. Total this and the three comes to $336.00 for all of the 48 games.

Now compare NHL rinks in Canada to what the Panthers are offering. Off the top of my head, maybe $100 a ticket, $30 for parking, and $200 for a jersey, which works out to $330 for ONE game. Then it’s another five grand or so for the remaining 47 games, plus parking.

With not a palm tree in sight. And scalpers prices? I don’t even want to go there. I can tell you first-hand, it hurts immensely.

Yes, it’s a great deal for hockey fans in Sunrise. Seven bucks a ticket? I’m glad I don’t own this franchise.

Habs Start Southern Swing Successfully

It was a solid road game for the Canadiens as they tackle the deep south, beginning in Atlanta, and upend the Thrashers 3-1 before almost a dozen fans. And although the game was close on paper, and the Thrashers outshot Montreal 41-23, not once did I feel the least bit concerned that the Habs might lose.

I don’t know why I wasn’t concerned. It was just one of those nights. This was the least pressure-packed 40-shot game I’ve seen in some time.

For most of the first period, Phillips Arena looked like a ghost town. Huge blocks of empty seats sat collecting dust. If a drug dealer wanted to do a deal without anyone seeing him, he could just buy a ticket and sit in the corner. Coca-Cola could move its headquarters to a corner.

It’s very apparent, by the empty seats, that Atlantans (a) aren’t crazy about hockey, (b), Atlantans aren’t crazy about sitting in corners, and (c) this team will soon have Quebec City on the jersey.

Seeing so many empty seats at an NHL game, and especially with Habs in town, is not an attractive site. You can see by the chart below that Atlanta has the third worst attendance in the league, just above Phoenix and the Islanders. It’s a shame but I guess it’s great for the few hockey fans in Georgia as they can sit anywhere they want, at any game. Those in Canadian cities have no idea what this must be like.

Carey Price once again was steady as a rock in this big game that so many missed, and the two points allows the team to stick solidly entrenched in sixth spot and almost in fifth, and I’m convinced now that there should be no more fretting about whether or not the boys will be in the playoffs.

Random Notes:

Mac Pacioretty, Wiz, and Brian Gionta scored on this night, with Gionta’s being an empty-netter after taking a pass from our favourite whipping-boy – Scott Gomez.

Habs now proceed further south into Sunrise, Florida to tackle the Panthers. It’s a two-game winning streak now and I expect it to be three after the clobbering of the cats in front of thousands of eastern Canadian snowbirds.

Tickets for games in Sunrise, Florida to see the Panthers are as low as $15 plus free parking, and lower bowl seats range from $30 to $50. Something else those in Canadian cities just wouldn’t be able to fathom.

  Team
Total
20 Games 10-11 AVG
% Capacity
10 Games 10-11 AVG
09-10 AVG
08-09 AVG
1 Canadiens
425,460
21,273
100
21,273
21,273
21,273
2 Blackhawks
424,368
21,218
107.6
21,069
21,356
22,247
3 Flyers
391,883
19,594
100.5
19,460
19,535
19,545
4 Maple Leafs
386,169
19,308
102.7
19,379
19,546
19,865
5 Flames
385,780
19,289
100
19,289
19,289
19,289
6 Red Wings
385,506
19,275
96.1
19,284
19,260
19,312
7 Blues
383,000
19,150
100
19,150
18,883
18,554
8 Canucks
377,200
18,860
100.3
18,860
18,810
18,630
9 Capitals
367,951
18,397
100
18,397
18,277
18,097
10 Sabres
366,391
18,319
98
18,280
18,529
18,531
11 Penguins
364,353
18,217
100.7
18,184
17,078
16,975
12 Kings
361,311
18,065
97.7
18,083
17,313
16,488
13 NY Rangers
360,232
18,011
99
17,970
18,269
18,949
14 Senators
358,281
17,914
96.8
17,911
18,076
18,172
15 Wild
352,749
17,637
97.6
17,565
17,388
17,039
16 Bruins
351,300
17,565
100
17,562
17,558
17,488
17 Sharks
351,240
17,562
100.4
17,462
18,415
18,568
18 Oilers
336,780
16,839
100
16,839
16,839
16,839
19 Lightning
335,444
16,772
84.9
16,182
14,979
15,010
20 Predators
319,991
15,999
93.5
15,964
15,497
16,497
21 Hurricanes
310,804
15,540
83
15,362
15,240
16,572
22 Panthers
304,711
15,235
79.1
15,021
15,146
15,621
23 Avalanche
298,810
14,940
83
14,421
15,168
16,990
24 Stars
298,305
14,915
80.5
14,416
15,535
15,790
25 Ducks
294,760
14,738
85.8
14,153
13,947
15,429
26 Devils
281,204
14,060
79.8
13,861
17,215
17,680
27 Blue Jackets
262,442
13,122
72.4
11,762
15,416
15,543
28 Thrashers
248,210
12,410
66.9
11,625
13,607
14,626
29 Coyotes
216,818
10,840
61.9
11,069
12,735
13,773
30 NY Islanders
199,231
9,961
61.1
10,418
11,989
14,875

Wiz Saves The Day!

The Wiz, my new favourite player, scored two goals and added an assist as the Habs closed off 2010 with a big overtime win in Sunrise, Florida, and thus ends a roadtrip I don’t ever want to talk about again.

I didn’t see the winning goal. Did you? Some kind of glitch somewhere that left me scratching my head as the game never resumed after the third period. But I know the Wiz whizzed one, the Canadiens eked one out, and now I can drink beer without things weighing heavily on my mind.

Great way to end the year. Alex Auld was in goal for a change, and although he makes me nervous, the job got done and the two points were gained.

Random Notes:

Montreals first two goals, from Wiz and Brian Gionta, were scored on the power play.

Not only did I not see the winning goal in overtime, but my wife accidently deleted the Canada -Sweden junior game so I didn’t get to see that either.

Shots on goal were an amazing 48-22 Habs.

Next up – Sunday, when Atlanta pays a visit to the Bell Centre.

And one last random note – late in the third period with the score tied at two, Montreal came close but Panthers goalie Tomas Vokoun foiled them. Scott Gomez then skated by and tapped Vokoun on the pads as if to say “good stop.”

I hate this buddy-buddy stuff. At that stage, Gomez should have been mightily pissed off that they didn’t score, and as he skated by the goalie Gomez should have said that he was bullshit lucky and his bullshit luck was coming to an end quickly and be careful because an errant stick might poke you between the legs.

Save the Woodstock stuff for summer, Gomez. They’re the enemy and your team is mired in a horrendous slump. Forget the “I’m a great guy” shit.