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  • NHL Eastern Conference Teams Seeing 1.6% Decline At The Gate

    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 9
    HOME TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    % CAP.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    GMS
    ('08-09)
    Canadiens
    33
    702,009
    21,273
    100.0%
    21,273
    0.0%
    30
    Flyers
    33
    643,089
    19,488
    99.7%
    19,508
    -0.1%
    32
    Maple Leafs
    31
    597,236
    19,266
    102.4%
    19,304
    -0.2%
    32
    Sabres
    34
    628,865
    18,496
    99.0%
    18,495
    0.0%
    33
    Capitals
    32
    584,864
    18,277
    100.0%
    18,072
    1.1%
    36
    Senators
    36
    651,106
    18,086
    94.4%
    18,784
    -3.7%
    34
    Rangers
    35
    631,928
    18,055
    99.2%
    18,167
    -0.6%
    34
    Bruins
    33
    572,588
    17,351
    98.8%
    16,946
    2.4%
    33
    Penguins
    34
    580,442
    17,072
    100.8%
    16,929
    0.8%
    31
    Panthers
    32
    490,023
    15,313
    79.5%
    15,417
    -0.7%
    32
    Lightning
    32
    487,631
    15,238
    77.1%
    16,364
    -6.9%
    34
    Devils
    30
    449,336
    14,978
    85.0%
    15,626
    -4.1%
    33
    Hurricanes
    32
    472,563
    14,768
    79.1%
    16,134
    -8.5%
    33
    Thrashers
    31
    411,503
    13,274
    71.6%
    14,353
    -7.0%
    33
    Islanders
    32
    403,101
    12,597
    77.6%
    13,615
    -7.5%
    35
    E.C. TOTALS
    490
    8,306,284
    16,952
    91.3%
    17,231
    -1.6%
    495
    NHL TOTALS
    984
    16,687,775
    16,959
    92.1%
    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.

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