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This is by far the best game of the series to me. My only colmiapnt is the sound in game. I don't know about Xbox 360 users but on PS3 for me the sound is bad and I mean really bad. Whenever the crowd tries to cheer when I get a big hit the audio just stops and sometimes I can't control my player until the sound comes back which usually takes a few seconds. This is really the only EA NHL game I have encountered this problem. Tell me if you have had similar problems because I am kind of curious.
With 82 games you can afford to miss a few here and there. I am a very pnasiosate fan of my two teams, and can honestly say I have missed a couple games throughout the regular season. And of course, the die hard fans surface with about 5 games left in the regular season, or in this year's case, when Vancouver locked up the President's trophy. It isn't just Canucks' fans though, there was a large increase in fans' of Tampa Bay all over the internet too. Last year it was Chicago/Philly/Montreal, and the two years before that there were a lot of Pittsburgh and Detroit fans popping up from no where.Mike Wilbon said this on Twitter; Nothing worse than people who just wander from sport to sport rooting for whoever is in first place most insecure thing in the world! Honestly, I agree. Now admitedly, PTI is more of a Basketball/Football based show. They have minimal coverage of the NHL, but this particular quote applies to all sports. This year it is the Miami Heat. How couldn't you like a team with two superstars who sold out to form a dream team', right? Pffft.It's the Canucks, Heat, and Yankees of the world that will always have huge fanbases. But in reality, they don't have many more fans than any other team. If you want to see true passion, take a look at a team like the Maple Leafs. Personally, I can't stand them. But their fanbase is loyal, however dillusional. That is something I can respect.I have about 3 friends on Facebook who have been cheering for the Canucks for years. Now all of sudden in the past month or so, that number has climbed to 100. Seriously, there are dozens of status' after every game saying thing like GO NUCKS
New York and California have the same issues as Florida: They're big stetas, and nobody's going to travel from Buffalo to NYC or San Jose to LA to see a hockey game (well, I did the latter once, but I'm an exception). That said, I have a couple follow-up thoughts:1. Just because you're passionate about hockey doesn't mean you're entitled to an NHL team in your city. I'd argue that some of the expansion teams can't have enough fans that are *that* passionate, or their attendance figures would be higher. Passionate fans is what the NHL Center Ice package is for.2. If the NHL wants to spread hockey to the sunbelt, why not start a southern minor league? Cheaper tickets, more venues, lots of fun for the hockey fans (especially if the minor league teams are affiliated with NHL teams).3. If it were me, I'd get rid of the Islanders. Their attendance levels have been low for years, and there are already two other teams in the metro-NYC area (the NJ Devils and the NY Rangers). The trick with measuring worthiness by attendance, though, is that it can shift dramatically over a couple seasons. Take the Chicago Blackhawks, for example: They went from 29th in attendance in 2007 to 1st in 2009.4. I hold by my assertion that 30 teams is too many for the NHL, and that the NHL could get its finances in order by reducing the number of teams. Hockey, to my great chagrin, is just not as popular in the U.S. as football, baseball, or basketball, and the NHL needs to stop pretending that it is. See #2 for one idea on spreading love for the sport; another is to encourage youth and adult participation in recreational leagues. The NHL has tried to increase demand by increasing supply, and that obviously hasn't worked well enough to be sustainable. I say scale back now and prove that demand for hockey is there before adding back any teams.