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TV ratings for NHL playoffs were higher in Fort Myers than in the Twin Cities

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In the sports upset of the century, Fort Myers, Florida produced higher TV ratings than the Twin Cities did during the NHL's Stanley Cup playoffs. 

The State of Hockey stunner comes from NBC Sports, which carried playoff games across its network throughout the postseason. 

Las Vegas and Pittsburgh tied for the highest ratings followed by Buffalo, Washington, D.C., Nashville, Tampa, Baltimore, Boston, Providence and Fort Myers. 

Fort Myers is home to a lot of snow birds and retirees, so it's certainly possible that their diverse population is home to fans of teams that made it further into the playoffs than the Minnesota Wild, who were bounced in five games in the first round. 

Minneapolis did however show up to watch the Stanley Cup Final between Vegas and Washington, finishing seventh in the country in ratings for that series

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But before the Stanley Cup Final, it's pretty clear that the majority of Minnesota hockey fans checked out, or at least simply stopped watching, as soon as the Wild were ousted. 

It's even more of a stunner considering there were plenty of Minnesota connections worth watching deep into the postseason, including 12 players who played on teams that went to the conference finals or Stanley Cup Final. 

  • Jake Guentzel (Pittsburgh)
  • Phil Kessel (Pittsburgh)
  • Matt Hendricks (Winnipeg)
  • Blake Wheeler (Winnipeg)
  • Dustin Byfuglien (Winnipeg)
  • Erik Haula (Vegas)
  • Alex Tuch (Vegas)
  • Nate Schmidt (Vegas)
  • Travis Boyd (Washington)
  • T.J. Oshie (Washington)
  • Shane Gersich (Washington)
  • Matt Niskanen (Washington)

But hey, it's just TV ratings. We're still State of Hockey and maybe the Wild give fans a more direct reason to watch the playoffs beyond the first round next season. 

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