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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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