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  • NHL Attendance Up 1.2%; Capitals Tracking 24.2% Jump At The Gate

    The NHL is averaging 17,043 fans per game through November 10, up 1.2% when compared to the same period a year ago. The Eastern Conference is down 1.4% during the same period. Among Eastern Conference teams, the Capitals, whose payroll has increased by almost $17M in the past year, are seeing the biggest gains, up more than 24% at Verizon Center. Also tracking double-digit gains are the Bruins and Panthers. In the first year of the Oren Koules and Len Barrie era, the Lightning are down 15% from a year ago, while the Thrashers are seeing the conference's biggest average attendance drop-off, down 15.7%. The following lists team-by-team attendance for NHL Eastern Conference teams, with comparisons to the same period in '07-08. See tomorrow's issue of THE DAILY for NHL Western Conference attendance (THE DAILY).

    NHL EASTERN CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE THROUGH NOVEMBER 10
    HOME TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    % CAP.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    GMS ('07-08)
    Canadiens
    5
    106,365
    21,273
    100.0%
    21,273
    0.0%
    8
    Maple Leafs
    8
    154,174
    19,272
    102.4%
    19,361
    -0.5%
    10
    Flyers
    7
    134,705
    19,244
    98.5%
    19,447
    -1.0%
    5
    Senators**
    8
    149,515
    18,689
    101.2%
    19,406
    -3.7%
    11
    Sabres
    7
    130,009
    18,573
    99.4%
    18,631
    -0.3%
    8
    Rangers*
    11
    199,085
    18,099
    100.0%
    18,200
    -0.6%
    10
    Capitals
    7
    123,793
    17,685
    96.8%
    14,237
    24.2%
    7
    Penguins**
    7
    115,962
    16,566
    100.0%
    17,068
    -2.9%
    8
    Lightning*
    7
    112,105
    16,015
    82.7%
    18,842
    -15.0%
    8
    Hurricanes
    6
    95,615
    15,936
    85.3%
    16,077
    -0.9%
    8
    Bruins
    6
    93,415
    15,569
    88.6%
    14,149
    10.0%
    8
    Panthers
    5
    75,393
    15,079
    78.3%
    13,635
    10.6%
    8
    Devils
    8
    109,920
    13,740
    78.0%
    14,869
    -7.6%
    5
    Thrashers
    7
    93,685
    13,384
    72.2%
    15,869
    -15.7%
    6
    Islanders
    8
    105,656
    13,207
    81.4%
    14,750
    -10.5%
    9
    E.C. TOTALS
    107
    1,799,397
    16,817
    91.0%
    17,054
    -1.4%
    119
    NHL TOTALS
    214
    3,647,135
    17,043
    93.0%
    16,844
    1.2%
    244


    NOTES: * = Includes designated home game played in Prague, Czech Republic, with attendance of 17,085. ** = Includes designated home game played in Stockholm, Sweden, with attendance of 13,699.

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