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Canadiens Continue Sellout Streak Despite Poor Record; Isles Up NHL-Best 25.4%

Despite the worst record in the Eastern Conference, the Canadiens continue to sell out Bell Centre, with the streak dating back to January '04. While the Islanders also rank near the bottom of the standings and average attendance, the 25.4% increase this season is tops among all NHL clubs. Also seeing healthy gains at the gate are the Lightning, Panthers, Devils and Senators. The only Eastern Conference club seeing a decline to date is the Hurricanes, down 3.4%. During their first season back in Winnipeg, the Jets are averaging 15,004 fans per game. The franchise finished with an average of 13,469 during its final season in Atlanta. Listed below is team-by-team attendance for NHL Eastern Conference clubs through March 12, with comparisons to the same period last year. Also see yesterday's issue for Western Conference figures (THE DAILY).

NHL EASTERN CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE THROUGH MARCH 12
HOME TEAM
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
% +/-
GMS ('10-11)
Canadiens
35
744,555
21,273
100.0%
21,273
0.0%
35
Flyers
32
632,043
19,751
101.1%
19,687
0.3%
35
Maple Leafs
35
683,350
19,524
103.7%
19,331
1.0%
36
Senators
35
672,718
19,221
100.4%
18,292
5.1%
34
Sabres
36
672,449
18,679
99.9%
18,386
1.6%
32
Penguins
34
631,065
18,561
100.9%
18,228
1.8%
35
Capitals
36
666,216
18,506
100.0%
18,398
0.6%
36
Lightning
33
607,290
18,403
95.8%
17,133
7.4%
36
Rangers
32
582,052
18,189
99.9%
18,089
0.6%
34
Bruins
35
614,755
17,564
100.0%
17,565
0.0%
33
Panthers
34
558,612
16,430
85.3%
15,430
6.5%
35
Hurricanes
36
565,191
15,700
84.0%
16,245
-3.4%
33
Devils
34
517,995
15,235
86.4%
14,372
6.0%
34
Jets
35
525,140
15,004
100.0%
n/a
n/a
n/a
Islanders
35
459,997
13,143
81.0%
10,483
25.4%
36
E.C. TOTALS
517
9,133,428
17,666
96.0%
17,050
3.6%
520
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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