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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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