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  • NHL Finishes Regular Season With Attendance Up 1.8%; Isles See 19.3% Increase

    NHL teams averaged 17,445 fans per game this season, up 1.8% from last season and up 2.8% from two seasons ago. Only four NHL teams saw a decrease in attendance, while attendance for eight teams was virtually flat. Among Eastern Conference teams, attendance was up 3.1%, led by the Canadiens, who continued their home sellout streak that dates back to '04. Despite the lowest attendance in the conference, the Islanders led the league in percentage gain at the gate (+19.3%). The Panthers, who made the playoffs this season after a 12-year absence, saw attendance climb 6%. Also seeing significant gains were the Senators and Lightning. The Hurricanes were the only Eastern Conference club to see a dip in attendance. Listed below is team-by-team NHL Eastern Conference attendance for the '12 regular season, with comparisons to the '10-11 campaign. See tomorrow's issue for Western Conference figures (THE DAILY).

    '11-12 NHL EASTERN CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE
    HOME TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    % CAP.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    GMS ('10-11)
    Canadiens
    41
    872,193
    21,273
    100.0%
    21,273
    0.0%
    41
    Flyers
    41
    810,324
    19,764
    101.2%
    19,715
    0.2%
    41
    Maple Leafs
    41
    799,786
    19,507
    103.7%
    19,354
    0.8%
    41
    Senators
    41
    793,612
    19,356
    101.1%
    18,379
    5.3%
    41
    Sabres
    41
    765,899
    18,680
    99.9%
    18,453
    1.2%
    41
    Penguins
    41
    761,224
    18,566
    101.0%
    18,237
    1.8%
    41
    Capitals
    41
    758,746
    18,506
    100.0%
    18,398
    0.6%
    41
    Lightning
    41
    757,192
    18,468
    96.2%
    17,269
    6.9%
    41
    Rangers
    41
    745,852
    18,192
    100.0%
    18,108
    0.5%
    41
    Bruins
    41
    720,165
    17,565
    100.0%
    17,565
    0.0%
    41
    Panthers
    41
    681,763
    16,628
    86.4%
    15,686
    6.0%
    41
    Hurricanes
    41
    657,747
    16,043
    85.9%
    16,471
    -2.6%
    41
    Devils
    41
    631,258
    15,397
    87.4%
    14,776
    4.2%
    41
    Jets
    41
    615,164
    15,004
    100.0%
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    Islanders
    41
    540,838
    13,191
    81.3%
    11,060
    19.3%
    41
    E.C. TOTALS
    615
    10,911,763
    17,743
    96.4%
    17,214
    3.1%
    615
    NHL TOTALS
    1,230
    21,457,542
    17,445
    95.0%
    17,132
    1.8%
    1,230
                   

    NOTES: Attendance figures for the Compuware NHL Premiere series and Bridgestone Winter Classic have been replaced with the team's home capacity. The Jets played in MTS Centre this season, having relocated from Atlanta, after the '10-11 season. NHL figures from last season include data for the Thrashers. 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.

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