Wow, with the playoff boost, hockey viewers might surpass what Nascar gets for Xfinity practice or qualifying, unlike the regular season NHL numbers posted last week. While hockey enjoys all of the advantages that come from being mainstream, it surprises me that the TV audience is pretty small. All motorsports are niche, not mainstream, and always have been (except for a brief spell when Nascar became a cultural fad similar to the Urban Cowboy craze of the 1980s). I'm good with that... I don't need millions of others to validate what I enjoy. If that makes me "easily entertained" and a "minion of Brian France" as the trolls on here like to say, I'm OK with that too. But the small numbers for NHL are comforting in one way. When I look forward to Supercross or MotoGP or IndyCar or F1 or other small audience racing... it will be there on TV despite not having millions of viewers. Sure beats the old days of searching the tiny type buried under minor league box scores to see if Mario Andretti had won the F1 world driving championship! As a fan of racing for over 50 years, I'm happy that NHL fans can watch that, and happy I can watch dirt late models or Nascar trucks or Formula E.