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NHL Eastern Conference clubs are averaging 16,952 fans per game, off 1.6% from the same period a year ago. Only three teams in the conference are seeing gains at the gate, led by the Bruins, who are up 2.4% at TD Garden. The Canadiens continue to sell out at Bell Centre, leading all teams in the Conference with 21,273 fans per game. The Hurricanes (-8.5%) and Islanders (-7.5%) are seeing the conference's sharpest drops, as both clubs are mired at the bottom of the standings. Below is team-by-team attendance for the NHL Eastern Conference, 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 MARCH 9HOME TEAMGMSTOTALAVG.% CAP.PREV.% +/-GMS
Maple Leafs31597,23619,266102.4%19,304-0.2%32 Sabres34628,86518,49699.0%18,4950.0%33 Capitals32584,86418,277100.0%18,0721.1%36 Senators36651,10618,08694.4%18,784-3.7%34 Rangers35631,92818,05599.2%18,167-0.6%34 Bruins33572,58817,35198.8%16,9462.4%33 Penguins34580,44217,072100.8%16,9290.8%31 Panthers32490,02315,31379.5%15,417-0.7%32 Lightning32487,63115,23877.1%16,364-6.9%34 Devils30449,33614,97885.0%15,626-4.1%33 Hurricanes32472,56314,76879.1%16,134-8.5%33 Thrashers31411,50313,27471.6%14,353-7.0%33 Islanders32403,10112,59777.6%13,615-7.5%35 E.C. TOTALS4908,306,28416,95291.3%17,231-1.6%495 NHL TOTALS98416,687,77516,95992.1%17,344-2.2%988
NOTES: Attendance figures for the '10 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and European Premiere Series games have been replaced with the team's home capacity. Clubs can exceed 100% capacity because of standing-room-only ticket sales. All attendance figures are based on totals posted immediately following games. They may not reflect any subsequent adjustments made by teams or the league.