By Evan Moore
While the St. Louis Blues kept the Chicago Blackhawks out of the net, for the most part, the team’s ticket office could not keep out the ‘red’ out.
Last month, the Blues announced a new ticket policy that required fans who wanted to attend games against the Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings to buy a multi-game package. The team hoped to keep out fans of the two Original Six franchises. Both teams have fanbases who traditionally travel well.
Wednesday night’s crowd at the Scottrade Center was announced at 16,565 — well below the 19,150 capacity. According to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the amount of Blackhawks fans at the game was noticeable.
“There was a healthy but not overwhelming number of Chicago fans," Rutherford said. "The ones in attendance were noticeable by their red sweaters.”
The Blues attributed the below-capacity crowd to the Cardinals playing in the NLDS at nearby Busch Stadium.
The Blackhawks return to St. Louis on Dec. 28.