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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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