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More harping on fan atmosphere at Prudential

It seems that perhaps claims of empty seats and quiet Devils fans weren’t exactly unfounded. While having blogger Travis Hughes claim so is one thing (although I must note that Travis has as much integrity as any print journalist working), when it’s harped upon by a ‘legitimate’ hockey columnist it carries a bit more weight.

From Anthony SanFilippo:

As someone who sits in the building for these Flyers-Devils games, I think I can speak on this subject with some authority.

The atmosphere at the Rock stinks.

It’s depressing, for the sport of hockey, to have a playoff game with a bevy of unoccupied seats.

Harsh words, but as we noted earlier today there’s truth behind them. For those of us watching on television, there certainly seemed to be a lack of atmosphere in the Prudential Center, and the Devils played like a team that was just as unmotivated as the fans.

Perhaps its the high expectations that fans have for the team, or the disappointing first round exits the past few seasons. Whatever the case, the Devils need to find some way to be inspired; it doesn’t look like the fans will help much.