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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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