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NHL Attendance Up Slightly Over Last Season; Lightning Seeing Big Bump At The Gate

NHL teams are averaging 17,072 fans per game through yesterday, up 0.6% compared to the same time period last year. Eastern Conference clubs are averaging 17,573 fans per game, up 2.2%. The Lightning have the league's largest increase, 21.7%, at the newly renovated St. Pete Times Forum. The Jets have reached 100% capacity in each of their first four home games in their first season back in Winnipeg. The Hurricanes have the conference's largest decrease in average attendance, down 12.7% so far this season. See tomorrow's issue for Western Conference figures (THE DAILY).

NHL EASTERN CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE THROUGH NOV. 8
HOME TEAM
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
% +/-
GMS ('10-11)
Canadiens
8
170,184
21,273
100.0%
21,273
0.0%
7
Flyers
9
176,818
19,646
100.6%
19,443
1.0%
9
Maple Leafs
8
155,650
19,456
103.4%
19,280
0.9%
8
Lightning
5
94,997
18,999
98.9%
15,616
21.7%
5
Senators
9
170,360
18,929
98.8%
17,945
5.5%
7
Sabres
8
149,129
18,641
99.7%
18,143
2.7%
7
Capitals
7
129,542
18,506
100.0%
18,398
0.6%
8
Penguins
6
110,976
18,496
100.6%
18,180
1.7%
6
Rangers
6
108,852
18,142
99.7%
17,915
1.3%
7
Bruins
9
158,065
17,563
100.0%
17,565
0.0%
5
Panthers
6
91,424
15,237
89.4%
13,933
9.4%
5
Hurricanes
7
106,080
15,154
81.1%
17,357
-12.7%
5
Jets
4
60,016
15,004
100.0%
NA
NA
NA
Devils
7
97,337
13,905
78.9%
14,606
-4.8%
6
Islanders
8
100,897
12,612
77.7%
12,045
4.7%
5
E.C TOTALS
107
1,880,327
17,573
95.6%
17,196
  2.2%
96
NHL TOTALS
210
3,585,028
17,072
93.1%
16,977
0.6%
203

NOTES: Attendance figures for the Compuware NHL Premiere series have been replaced with the team's 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. '10-11 NHL figures include data for the Atlanta Thrashers, who relocated to Winnipeg after the season.
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