There were huge pockets of vacant seats, more than popped up even during the playoffs. The announced crowd of 17,610 was about 2,500 below capacity, an amazing drop-off and the Wings' first regular-season non-sellout since 1996, a span of 396 games.
For the first time in team history, the Avalanche failed to sell out its home opener Wednesday night. Attendance at the Pepsi Center was 17,487, with capacity at 18,007. The Avs had their NHL record streak of home sellouts end last season, at 487.
I found the bits on the board of governors quite interesting.