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  • NHL Eastern Conference Clubs Seeing 1.4% Drop In Attendance

    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 25
    HOME TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    % CAP.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    GMS
    ('08-09)
    Canadiens
    27
    574,371
    21,273
    100.0%
    21,273
    0.0%
    23
    Flyers
    27
    524,891
    19,440
    99.5%
    19,428
    0.1%
    23
    Maple Leafs
    24
    461,573
    19,232
    102.2%
    19,286
    -0.3%
    23
    Sabres
    26
    479,345
    18,436
    98.6%
    18,539
    -0.6%
    24
    Capitals
    24
    438,648
    18,277
    100.0%
    17,973
    1.7%
    23
    Rangers
    28
    509,600
    18,200
    100.0%
    18,155
    0.2%
    25
    Senators
    29
    517,042
    17,829
    93.1%
    18,993
    -6.1%
    22
    Bruins
    27
    467,198
    17,304
    98.5%
    16,731
    3.4%
    22
    Penguins
    25
    426,584
    17,063
    100.7%
    16,904
    0.9%
    24
    Panthers
    24
    366,296
    15,262
    79.3%
    14,967
    2.0%
    21
    Devils
    25
    377,766
    15,111
    85.7%
    15,314
    -1.3%
    23
    Lightning
    24
    360,457
    15,019
    76.0%
    16,479
    -8.9%
    22
    Hurricanes
    26
    382,760
    14,722
    78.8%
    15,358
    -4.1%
    23
    Thrashers
    24
    315,380
    13,141
    70.9%
    14,362
    -8.5%
    24
    Islanders
    25
    314,649
    12,586
    77.5%
    13,680
    -8.0%
    23
    E.C. TOTALS
    385
    6,516,560
    16,926
    91.1%
    17,174
    -1.4%
    345
    NHL TOTALS
    777
    13,138,403
    16,909
    91.8%
    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    NOTES: Attendance for the Bruins-Flyers Bridgestone Winter Classic at Fenway Park has been replaced by the Bruins' home capacity at TD Garden.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.

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