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NHL Eastern Conference teams are averaging 16,926 fans per game through Monday night, down 1.4% from the same period a year ago. The Canadiens continue to lead all teams in average attendance, as their regular-season sellout streak at Bell Centre has reached 209 games. Three Eastern Conference teams are seeing drops in average attendance of at least 8%, with the Lightning seeing the sharpest dip, off 8.9% to date. Below is team-by-team attendance for Eastern Conference teams through January 25, with comparisons to the same period a year ago. See yesterday's issue of THE DAILY for Western Conference figures (THE DAILY).NHL EASTERN CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE THROUGH JANUARY 25HOME TEAMGMSTOTALAVG.% CAP.PREV.% +/-GMS
Canadiens27574,37121,273100.0%21,2730.0%23 Flyers27524,89119,44099.5%19,4280.1%23 Maple Leafs24461,57319,232102.2%19,286-0.3%23 Sabres26479,34518,43698.6%18,539-0.6%24 Capitals24438,64818,277100.0%17,9731.7%23 Rangers28509,60018,200100.0%18,1550.2%25 Senators29517,04217,82993.1%18,993-6.1%22 Bruins27467,19817,30498.5%16,7313.4%22 Penguins25426,58417,063100.7%16,9040.9%24 Panthers24366,29615,26279.3%14,9672.0%21 Devils25377,76615,11185.7%15,314-1.3%23 Lightning24360,45715,01976.0%16,479-8.9%22 Hurricanes26382,76014,72278.8%15,358-4.1%23 Thrashers24315,38013,14170.9%14,362-8.5%24 Islanders25314,64912,58677.5%13,680-8.0%23 E.C. TOTALS3856,516,56016,92691.1%17,174-1.4%345 NHL TOTALS77713,138,40316,90991.8%17,278-2.1%699
NOTES: Attendance for the Bruins-Flyers Bridgestone Winter Classic at Fenway Park has been replaced by the Bruins' home capacity at TD Garden. Attendance figures for European Premiere Series games featuring the Blackhawks, Panthers, Red Wings and Blues also have been replaced with the teams' home capacities. Clubs can exceed 100% capacity because of standing-room-only ticket sales. All attendance figures are based on totals posted immediately following games. It may not reflect any subsequent adjustments made by teams or the league.