I use to stay in the past and make sure i watched the games. Now, i can sort of watch when I'm home or just follow on twitter or get scores.
Just sort of passively watching the game is where I'm personally at. I usually watch Hockeystreams on my XboxOne in the top corner while playing Halo or Destiny or something rather than sit and watch a whole game. (Maybe that's just my terrible attention span)
My family even cut down the amount of attended games due to just time and money and recent success
and i agree with the rivalries. Playing the Rags/Flyers etc is always fun and i encourage friends to go and see them during those games, but if you're a casual fan, then it may not be exciting.
I'm sure as the season progresses and things start to matter (whether thats playoffs which wont happen, or gunning for a high pick) a lot of us will come back and watch more intently.
Kind of agree here. It's so easy for us to follow the games via twitter, apps, streams, etc... that it has become unnecessary to really sit down and watch. Doesn't mean we don't care or aren't interested, we just view the games in a format that does not require us to sit in front of a TV or go to a game. Especially this early in the season. The way we consume has really, really changed in the last 5 years.