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  • Lightning Attendance Up 11.5% Through March 16; Islanders Down 17.1%

    The Lightning are seeing an 11.5% increase in home attendance at St. Pete Times Forum this season, the first full season under the new regime of Owner Jeff Vinik, CEO & Minority Owner Tod Leiweke and GM Steve Yzerman. The Penguins are also seeing gains during their first season at Consol Energy Center, up 6.8% from last season at Mellon Arena. Despite being on the outside of the playoff picture right now, the Hurricanes are seeing an 8.6% jump at RBC Center in Raleigh. The Islanders continue to see the sharpest drop of any team in the league, down 17.1% at Nassau Coliseum. Listed below is team-by-team attendance for NHL Eastern Conference teams through March 16, with comparisons to the same period last year. See yesterday's issue for Western Conference figures (THE DAILY).

    NHL EASTERN CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE THROUGH MARCH 16
    HOME TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    % CAP.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    GMS ('09-10)
    Canadiens
    36
    765,828
    21,273
    100.0%
    21,273
    0.0%
    35
    Flyers
    35
    689,030
    19,687
    100.8%
    19,503
    0.9%
    35
    Maple Leafs
    37
    715,342
    19,334
    102.7%
    19,260
    0.4%
    33
    Sabres
    34
    625,738
    18,404
    98.5%
    18,507
    -0.6%
    36
    Capitals
    37
    680,717
    18,398
    100.0%
    18,277
    0.7%
    34
    Senators
    35
    641,176
    18,319
    95.6%
    18,149
    0.9%
    37
    Penguins
    36
    656,172
    18,227
    100.8%
    17,072
    6.8%
    34
    Rangers
    35
    633,232
    18,092
    99.4%
    18,063
    0.2%
    37
    Bruins
    33
    579,645
    17,565
    100.0%
    17,351
    1.2%
    33
    Lightning
    36
    616,770
    17,133
    86.7%
    15,364
    11.5%
    34
    Hurricanes
    34
    551,304
    16,215
    86.8%
    14,929
    8.6%
    35
    Panthers
    36
    557,423
    15,484
    90.9%
    15,307
    1.2%
    33
    Devils
    35
    504,844
    14,424
    81.8%
    15,163
    -4.9%
    33
    Tharshers
    36
    472,362
    13,121
    70.8%
    13,398
    -2.1%
    34
    Islanders
    36
    377,374
    10,483
    64.6%
    12,652
    -17.1%
    35
    E.C. TOTALS
    531
    9,066,957
    17,075
    92.2%
    16,973
    0.6%
    518
    NHL TOTALS
    1,054
    17,958,931
    17,039
    92.7%
    16,986
    0.3%
    1,038


    NOTES
    : Attendance figures for the NHL European Premiere series games, which included home games for the Wild, Hurricanes, Blue Jackets, Bruins, Sharks and Coyotes, have been replaced with the respective teams' home capacity. All NHL attendance data is based on totals posted immediately following games. Figures do not reflect any subsequent adjustments made by teams or the league.

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