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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NOTES: Attendance for the Bruins-Flyers Bridgestone Winter Classic at Fenway Park has been replaced by the Bruins' home capacity at TD Garden.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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