Carolina Hurricanes: Three thoughts on how attendance could improve

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RALEIGH, NC – APRIL 8: Bryan Bickell #29 of the Carolina Hurricanes salutes fans as they close out the season against the St. Louis Blues during an NHL game on April 8, 2017 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Carolina Hurricanes got plenty of press for the wrong reason after a loss to the Blue Jackets with an attendance of less than 8,000 at home.

The Carolina Hurricanes seem to be once again having trouble to fill the seats at PNC Arena. It blew up in the world of hockey news on Oct. 11 that the Canes only had an attendance of 7,892 against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Oct. 10 in a 2-1 overtime loss.

That attendance of less than 8,000 against the Jackets was a follow-up from a sellout in the season opener against the Minnesota Wild. The fact that the Blue Jackets are a Metropolitan Division opponent that finished with more than 100 points last season should have meant greater attendance you would think.

Rumors have been swirling in recent years about the possible relocation of the Canes due to poor attendance. However, it is a bit early to judge how the Canes will fill out their home arena for the bulk of the season after one poor show out with 80 games remaining.

The next home game for the Canes is on Oct. 24 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Similar to the contest with the Jackets, the meeting with the Lightning is another Tuesday night game against a familiar Eastern Conference foe. Tampa Bay is also a former Southeast Division rival which could draw some additional fans.

Things seem to have gotten steadily worse for the Canes as the franchise continually gets more and more mediocre, consistently missing the NHL Playoffs. It could ware on a fan base when the team is only entering its 20th season since moving to North Carolina.

Now, let’s take a look at 3 thoughts about the attendance struggles for the Carolina Hurricanes against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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