Seems like a reasonable hypothesis. My theory is that in life, we have levels of things that make things comfortable for us. E.G. if you have a job that keeps you talking all day, you don't feel so inclined to be chatty at home, if you drive all day, you don't go for drive for entertainment later (or are less likely to at any rate). So to it is with the sports fan. There are elements of the experience which transcend the actual game. Maybe you eat out after or before the game, you enjoy the roar of the crowds, the anticipation of the event, opportunity to hang with friends. When you have events like last year's Canucks run, for some, the extra games and experiences would have quite naturally filled the overall amounts for that kind of experience that some are comfortable with. Add in the emotional roller coaster that many fans ride when they are following a team and you can top out, emotionally, financially and physically. It is human nature 101. If the Canucks bow out early which appears very likely, then the stage will be set for a very good year for the Lions. New stadium, coming off a championship, early Canucks exit.
Discouraged but Resolute or Talk to the Paw, the ears aren't listening.