SBD/Issue 80/The Back of the Book

NHL Attendance Up 1.5%; Capitals, Bruins Seeing Healthy Gains

The NHL is averaging 17,306 fans per home game this season, up 1.5% from the same point a year ago. The Eastern Conference is slightly off from its average attendance mark at this point last season, with the Sabres and Lightning each seeing double-digit declines at the gate. Also seeing noteworthy dips are the Hurricanes (-6.6%) and the Thrashers (-7.9%). In DC, the Capitals are seeing the league's second-highest attendance jump, as they are up 29.8% to date, while the Bruins, who are tops in the Eastern Conference standings, are seeing a 12.3% spike in home attendance at TD Banknorth Garden. The following lists team-by-team attendance for the NHL Eastern Conference, with comparisons to the same point last season. See tomorrow's issue of THE DAILY for NHL Western Conference attendance (THE DAILY).

NHL EASTERN CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE THROUGH JANUARY 13
HOME TEAM
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
% +/-
GMS ('07-08)
Canadiens
22
468,006
21,273
100.0%
21,273
0.0%
20
Flyers
22
427,078
19,413
99.4%
19,506
-0.5%
18
Maple Leafs
21
405,313
19,301
102.6%
19,421
-0.6%
21
Senators^
20
377,315
18,866
99.9%
19,719
-4.3%
24
Sabres
23
426,257
18,533
99.2%
21,150
-12.4%
21
Rangers*
24
435,685
18,154
100.0%
18,200
-0.3%
24
Capitals
22
395,103
17,959
98.3%
13,837
29.8%
21
Penguins^
20
337,715
16,886
100.6%
17,072
-1.1%
22
Bruins
21
350,526
16,692
95.0%
14,861
12.3%
21
Lightning*
18
300,120
16,673
85.0%
18,870
-11.6%
23
Devils
22
335,977
15,272
86.6%
15,432
-1.0%
18
Hurricanes
22
335,187
15,236
81.6%
16,321
-6.6%
22
Panthers
18
272,808
15,156
78.7%
14,799
2.4%
23
Thrashers
21
301,818
14,372
77.5%
15,598
-7.9%
24
Islanders
19
255,777
13,462
82.9%
13,583
-0.9%
22
E.C. TOTALS
315
5,424,685
17,221
92.5%
17,309
-0.5%
324
NHL TOTALS
641
11,092,895
17,306
93.9%
17,048
1.5%
674

NOTES: * = Includes one designated home game of a two-game series played in Prague, Czech Republic. ^ = Includes one designated home game of a two-game series played in Stockholm, Sweden.

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