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  • NHL Attendance Up 2.1%; Blackhawks Filling United Center To 104.9% Capacity

    NHL teams are averaging 17,322 fans per game through yesterday, up 2.1% from the same period a year ago. The Blackhawks lead all teams with 21,506 fans per game, up 1% over last year. They are filling United Center to 104.9% capacity. Despite the worst record in the league, the Blue Jackets are seeing the biggest percentage increase in home attendance among Western Conference clubs (+7.8%). The Predators and Coyotes are seeing around 4% bumps in home attendance. The Stars are the only NHL club seeing a double-digit percentage drop in attendance (-12.5%). Listed below is team-by-team attendance for the NHL Western Conference through Jan. 17, with comparisons to the same period last year. See tomorrow's issue for Eastern Conference figures (THE DAILY).

    NHL WESTERN CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE THROUGH JAN. 17
    HOME TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    % CAP.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    GMS ('10-11)
    Blackhawks
    26
    559,149
    21,506
    104.9%
    21,290
    1.0%
    27
    Red Wings
    21
    421,386
    20,066
    100.0%
    19,378
    3.5%
    23
    Flames
    21
    405,069
    19,289
    100.0%
    19,289
    0.0%
    20
    Canucks
    21
    396,450
    18,879
    100.1%
    18,860
    0.1%
    21
    Blues
    25
    470,047
    18,802
    98.2%
    19,150
    -1.8%
    23
    Kings
    26
    470,515
    18,097
    99.9%
    18,055
    0.2%
    24
    Wild
    21
    369,869
    17,613
    97.5%
    17,732
    -0.7%
    24
    Sharks
    24
    421,488
    17,562
    100.0%
    17,562
    0.0%
    24
    Oilers
    21
    353,619
    16,839
    100.0%
    16,839
    0.0%
    21
    Predators
    24
    399,685
    16,654
    97.3%
    16,000
    4.1%
    20
    Avalanche
    24
    368,824
    15,368
    85.3%
    14,949
    2.8%
    23
    Ducks
    23
    340,719
    14,814
    86.3%
    14,569
    1.7%
    25
    Blue Jackets
    23
    334,685
    14,552
    80.2%
    13,495
    7.8%
    23
    Stars
    23
    301,980
    13,130
    70.8%
    15,012
    -12.5%
    25
    Coyotes
    20
    231,732
    11,587
    67.7%
    11,140
    4.0%
    21
    W.C. TOTALS
    343
    5,845,217
    17,041
    93.3%
    16,932
    0.6%
    344
    NHL TOTALS
    680
    11,778,955
    17,322
    94.5%
    16,974
    2.1%
    682


    NOTES
    : Attendance figures for the Compuware NHL Premiere series and Bridgestone Winter Classic 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. The Jets are playing in MTS Centre this season, having relocated from Atlanta after the '10-11 season. Figures for the '10-11 NHL season include data for the Thrashers.

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