Do Hockey fans in North America get excited only for the playoffs? What do they feel during a season?

Do Hockey fans in North America get excited only for the playoffs? What do they feel during a season? Usually I see that the NHL, , they play about 82 games a season, which always seemed excessive to me. Are games watched just for an entertainment/laid back point of view during a season, with them only truly... show more Do Hockey fans in North America get excited only for the playoffs? What do they feel during a season?
Usually I see that the NHL, , they play about 82 games a season, which always seemed excessive to me. Are games watched just for an entertainment/laid back point of view during a season, with them only truly looking forward to the playoffs?
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