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  • Islanders, Panthers, Lightning Seeing Average Home Attendance On The Rise

    NHL Eastern Conference teams are seeing average home attendance up 3.5% through Jan. 17, with the last-place Hurricanes the only club in the conference with a decline (-2.2%). Despite being near the bottom of the standings, the Islanders lead all clubs with a 25.6% jump at the gate to date. The team, however, ranks last in the conference in attendance and is filling Nassau Coliseum to only 78.3% capacity. The Panthers, who are in contention to make the playoffs for the first time since '00, are seeing a 10% increase in attendance at BankAtlantic Center. The Lightning have seen attendance jump 9.9% at Tampa Bay Times Forum despite struggling on the ice. Listed below is team-by-team attendance for NHL Eastern Conference teams through Jan. 17, with comparisons to the same period last season. See yesterday's issue for Western Conference figures (THE DAILY).

    NHL EASTERN CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE THROUGH JAN. 17
    HOME TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    % CAP.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    GMS ('10-11)
    Canadiens
    23
    489,279
    21,273
    100.0%
    21,273
    0.0%
    25
    Flyers
    19
    374,700
    19,721
    100.9%
    19,607
    0.6%
    21
    Maple Leafs
    23
    448,749
    19,511
    103.7%
    19,303
    1.1%
    23
    Senators
    24
    461,283
    19,220
    100.4%
    18,259
    5.3%
    24
    Sabres
    25
    466,859
    18,674
    99.9%
    18,310
    2.0%
    22
    Lightning
    20
    372,638
    18,632
    97.0%
    16,955
    9.9%
    19
    Penguins
    21
    389,700
    18,557
    100.9%
    18,217
    1.9%
    24
    Capitals
    24
    444,144
    18,506
    100.0%
    18,398
    0.6%
    26
    Rangers
    20
    363,652
    18,183
    99.9%
    18,036
    0.8%
    23
    Bruins
    24
    421,540
    17,564
    100.0%
    17,565
    0.0%
    23
    Panthers
    22
    367,384
    16,699
    86.7%
    15,182
    10.0%
    22
    Hurricanes
    25
    381,389
    15,256
    81.7%
    15,603
    -2.2%
    20
    Devils
    20
    302,416
    15,121
    85.8%
    14,205
    6.5%
    22
    Jets*
    23
    345,092
    15,004
    100.0%
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    Islanders
    24
    304,913
    12,705
    78.3%
    10,112
    25.6%
    21
    E.C. TOTALS
    337
    5,933,738
    17,608
    95.7%
    17,016
    3.5%
    338
    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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