The sparse crowd in the Sunrise, Fla., didn't go unnoticed by the opposing team's netminder.
After playing in front of an announced crowd of 9,472 at the BB&T Center, Dallas Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin compared the attendance for Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Florida Panthers to a preseason contest.
"When I played in Carolina, we had (similar crowds) for half the year, pretty much," Khudobin told reporters postgame. "When you're playing all the time with a full building, (and) come to a building like this, it feels kind of like an exhibition game, but at the same time, you understand that it's not. You just prepare as (if) it's a normal game."
The Panthers rank second last in the NHL in home attendance this season, averaging 13,167, according to ESPN.
Khudobin played parts of two seasons with the Hurricanes earlier in his career.