Honestly though, do most hardcore fans care about Carolina/Columbus either??? I sure don't. At the very least the team should have some serious big name star, neither of those teams do... good players but not household names or huge franchise players.
My meaning was poorly conveyed there. I was using hardcore as in hardcore Carolina/Columbus fans. The NHL is going to have marquee teams play in the Winter Classic because casual fans will watch those teams, instead of having a matchup like Carolina/Columbus where only their respective hardcore fans would be interested.
I deride your truth handling abilities
The calendar is late this year, but there is no Olympics. That's probably the last weekend of the season. Most assuredly the last home game, I can only think of one other time the Flyers played back to back at home, although it was the last two games of the season.