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Canadiens Top NHL Club For Facebook Friends, Twitter Followers

The NHL has 857,830 Facebook fans on its official page heading into the start of the '10-11 season. The league's official page ranks below the NBA, UFC, NFL and NASCAR, but ahead of MLB, the WNBA, ATP World Tour and PGA Tour. The Canadiens top all NHL clubs for Facebook friends with 473,174. The Thrashers have the fewest Facebook friends among NHL clubs, and they have fewer followers than several AHL clubs. On Twitter, the NHL has 440,605 followers, putting them below the NBA, NFL and MLB but ahead of the WPS, WNBA, UFC, NBA D-League and PGA Tour. The Canadiens are also the top NHL team in Twitter followers at 72,362. Listed below are Facebook friends and Twitter followers for each NHL team, as well as for the NHL's official page/feed. All figures are as of yesterday (THE DAILY).

RANK
TEAM
FACEBOOK
FRIENDS
RANK
TEAM
FACEBOOK
FRIENDS
NHL = 857,830
1
Canadiens
473,174
16
Hurricanes
72,386
2
Blackhawks
379,719
17
Oilers
67,942
3
Penguins
322,077
18
Devils
63,028
4
Red Wings
295,633
19
Senators
46,547
5
Flyers
281,733
20
Flames
42,336
6
Bruins
271,890
21
Ducks
41,148
7
Canucks
227,655
22
Stars
37,509
8
Capitals
171,796
23
Lightning
34,198
9
Maple Leafs
166,583
24
Predators
21,611
10
Avalanche
121,564
25
Coyotes
21,099
11
Sabres
116,742
26
Kings
19,726
12
Sharks
105,564
27
Islanders
18,692
13
Rangers
85,350
28
Blue Jackets
16,251
14
Blues
78,471
29
Panthers
15,369
15
Wild
74,427
30
Thrashers
8,216
RANK
TEAM
TWITTER
FOLLOWERS
RANK
TEAM
TWITTER
FOLLOWERS
NHL = 440,605
1
Canadiens
72,632
16
Kings
14,173
2
Penguins
44,639
17
Blues
13,643
3
Blackhawks
44,607
18
Stars
12,247
4
Canucks
38,448
19
Ducks
12,137
5
Red Wings
33,899
20
Wild
11,467
6
Flyers
25,801
21
Lightning
10,912
7
Maple Leafs
21,425
22
Avalanche
10,310
8
Capitals
20,362
23
Senators
10,069
9
Bruins
19,488
24
Blue Jackets
8,435
10
Oilers
19,400
25
Hurricanes
8,195
11
Rangers
17,519
26
Coyotes
7,338
12
Sharks
17,455
27
Panthers
6,947
13
Flames
17,353
28
Thrashers
6,708
14
Sabres
14,596
29
Predators
6,231
15
Devils
14,407
30
Islanders
5,362
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