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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. 17HOME TEAMGMSTOTALAVG.% CAP.PREV.% +/-GMS ('10-11)Blackhawks26559,14921,506104.9%21,2901.0%27Red Wings21421,38620,066100.0%19,3783.5%23Flames21405,06919,289100.0%19,2890.0%20Canucks21396,45018,879100.1%18,8600.1%21Blues25470,04718,80298.2%19,150-1.8%23Kings26470,51518,09799.9%18,0550.2%24Wild21369,86917,61397.5%17,732-0.7%24Sharks24421,48817,562100.0%17,5620.0%24Oilers21353,61916,839100.0%16,8390.0%21Predators24399,68516,65497.3%16,0004.1%20Avalanche24368,82415,36885.3%14,9492.8%23Ducks23340,71914,81486.3%14,5691.7%25Blue Jackets23334,68514,55280.2%13,4957.8%23Stars23301,98013,13070.8%15,012-12.5%25Coyotes20231,73211,58767.7%11,1404.0%21W.C. TOTALS3435,845,21717,04193.3%16,9320.6%344NHL TOTALS68011,778,95517,32294.5%16,9742.1%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.