California crowds are notorious for showing up late (in all sports). After 10 minutes of play or so, you can see the crowd start to fill in.
We don't have attendance issues for the most part. We have averaged around 90% full for the last few years, which have been pretty mediocre on the ice. As the years go by, and the fanbase grows, the crowds will get better.
Interesting game so far, tonight. This is Vatanen's NHL debut, btw, if you some of you didn't know already.