They used to show the frozen Fury games on tv even during the mediocre years, they stopped after 2002 I think. I think it has more to do with taking up space on FSN west during September or some crap like that.
I think with the ratings for Game 6 FSW has to take note. I've been saying for years there needs to be more work during pre-season to get the casual fans on board and to appease the hard core fans. Coming on 5 minutes before the drop of the puck for the first game of the season is dumb. If we have to knock womens volleyball off the air or some other God awful program then so be it-we're the champs, show some respect.