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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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