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Waiting to see: Canucks tickets aren’t such a hot commodity

May 1, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

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The Vancouver Canucks open their first-round playoff series tonight at Rogers Arena versus the San Jose Sharks, but postseason excitement isn’t exactly sweeping the city.

With reports of half-price tickets and no shortage of supply on the secondary market, it appears Vancouver hockey fans are taking a wait-and-see approach with the 2013 version of the Canucks.

Among the potential explanations:

—- Playoff fatigue. Unlike, say, Toronto, Vancouver has hosted plenty of postseason games the past few seasons.

—- Tickets aren’t cheap. Better to save up for later rounds, if the Canucks get that far. Speaking of which…

—- Lowered expectations. Confidence in the team was shaken after the loss to the Bruins in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals, and was shaken more after last year’s first-round defeat to the Kings. In 2013, after back-to-back Presidents’ Trophy wins, the Canucks finished eighth overall in the standings.

—- A less entertaining product. Even the Canucks admit they don’t play the same up-tempo brand of hockey anymore.

—- The opponent. The Canucks and Sharks met in the 2011 Western Conference finals, but it wasn’t a particularly memorable series, and there’s not the rivalry with San Jose as there is with a team like Chicago.

—- Lingering resentment over the lockout.

Having said all that, the Canucks are still a major topic of conversation in town. If the result is a good one tonight for the home side, it won’t take long for playoff fever to strike again.

Related: Canucks-Sharks series preview

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