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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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