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NHL Attendance Up From Last Season; Stars See Big Growth At American Airlines Center

NHL teams are averaging 17,668 fans per game through March 5, up by about 2% compared to the same period last year and approximately 1% compared to the '11-12 season's final average. The Blackhawks continue to lead all clubs with 21,580 fans per game, packing United Center to 105% capacity and putting the team on pace for its fifth straight attendance title. The Stars lead all NHL clubs in gains at the gate, up 32% at American Airlines Center. The Blue Jackets and Blues are seeing the sharpest drops among Western Conference clubs, down 7% and 5%, respectively. Listed below is team-by-team attendance for the NHL Western Conference, with comparisons to both the same period last year and each club's final average last season (THE DAILY).

NHL WESTERN CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE THROUGH MARCH 5
HOME TEAM
GMS
AVG.
%
CAP.
'11-12 THRU MARCH 5
%
+/-
GMS
'11-12
FINAL
%
+/-
Blackhawks
11
21,580
105.3%
21,518
0.3%
33
21,534
0.2%
Red Wings
14
20,066
100.0%
20,066
0.0%
33
20,066
0.0%
Flames
12
19,289
100.0%
19,289
0.0%
31
19,289
0.0%
Canucks
12
18,985
100.4%
18,882
0.5%
30
18,884
0.5%
Blues
11
17,741
92.6%
18,752
-5.4%
34
18,810
-5.7%
Kings
9
18,191
100.4%
18,107
0.5%
34
18,119
0.4%
Wild
11
18,522
102.5%
17,778
4.2%
31
17,773
4.2%
Sharks
11
17,561
100.0%
17,562
0.0%
32
17,562
0.0%
Oilers
10
16,839
100.0%
16,839
0.0%
33
16,839
0.0%
Predators
10
17,134
100.1%
16,588
3.3%
33
16,691
2.7%
Avalanche
9
14,964
83.1%
15,455
-3.2%
34
15,499
-3.4%
Ducks
9
15,583
90.7%
14,586
6.8%
34
14,843
5.0%
Blue Jackets
12
13,649
75.2%
14,691
-7.1%
32
14,660
-6.9%
Stars
10
17,673
95.4%
13,429
31.6%
33
14,227
24.2%
Coyotes
13
13,017
76.0%
12,119
7.4%
33
12,421
4.8%
W.C. TOTALS
164
17,425
94.9%
17,022
2.4%
490
17,022
2.4%
NHL TOTALS
333
17,668
96.1%
17,333
1.9%
983
17,445
1.3%
 

NOTES: 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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