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Turnstile Tracker: Bruins, Rangers Top NHL In Road Gate

Despite missing the playoffs and posting attendance near the bottom of the Eastern Conference rankings at home, the Bruins led the NHL in road attendance this season, averaging over 18,000 fans while playing in opposing teams’ arenas. Fans also turned out to see Sidney Crosby on the road, as the Penguins, who ranked 18th in home attendance, were third overall on the road. Road attendance was also up for Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals, who ranked 27th in home attendance but finished fifth on the road. The Sabres, Maple Leafs and Canucks were the only teams to rank in the top ten in both home and road attendance. The following presents a comparison of road and home attendance for all NHL teams (THE DAILY).

TEAM
AVG. ROAD ATT.
ROAD RANK
AVG. HOME ATT.
HOME RANK
ROAD VS. HOME
Bruins
18,094
1
14,765
25
3,329
Rangers
17,839
2
18,200
11
-361
Penguins
17,791
3
16,424
18
1,367
Sabres
17,631
4
18,690
8
-1,059
Capitals
17,380
5
13,916
27
3,464
Devils
17,332
6
14,176
26
3,156
Avalanche
17,249
7
17,613
13
-364
Islanders
17,182
8
13,018
28
4,164
Maple Leafs
17,161
9
19,487
4
-2,326
Canucks
17,141
10
18,630
9
-1,489
Oilers
17,079
11
16,839
17
240
Flames
17,054
12
19,289
6
-2,235
Hurricanes
16,983
13
17,387
15
-404
Canadiens
16,973
14
21,273
1
-4,300
Senators
16,952
15
19,372
5
-2,421
Red Wings
16,908
16
20,066
2
-3,158
Wild
16,874
17
18,543
10
-1,669
Lightning
16,791
18
19,877
3
-3,086
Ducks
16,781
19
16,364
20
417
Blues
16,743
20
12,521
30
4,222
Thrashers
16,733
21
16,230
21
503
Stars
16,731
22
17,915
12
-1,184
Flyers
16,720
23
19,283
7
-2,563
Blackhawks
16,687
24
12,727
29
3,960
Coyotes
16,575
25
14,988
24
1,587
Panthers
16,570
26
15,370
22
1,199
Kings
16,541
27
16,859
16
-319
Sharks
16,281
28
17,422
14
-1,141
Blue Jackets
16,229
29
16,401
19
-172
Predators
15,902
30
15,260
23
642

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