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  • Hurricanes, Devils Leads NHL Eastern Conference Clubs In Home Attendance Gains

    The Hurricanes and Devils lead all Eastern Conference clubs in gains at the gate this NHL season, with both clubs seeing a double-digit percentage jump. Average attendance at PNC Arena is up 15% compared to the same point last season, and up around 13% compared to the Hurricanes' final average last season. Meanwhile, Devils games at Prudential Center are up 13% from the same point last season and up 11% from the end of the '11-12 season. The Canadiens lead all Eastern Conference teams at the gate (second overall in NHL) with 21,273 fans per game, continuing the club's sellout streak. The Islanders, who have announced the club will leave for Brooklyn for the '15-16 season, continue to see attendance slide at Nassau Coliseum. Below is team-by-team attendance for the Eastern Conference through March 5, with comparisons to the same period last season, as well as to each club's final attendance last season. See yesterday's issue for Western Conference figures (THE DAILY).

    NHL EASTERN CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE THROUGH MARCH 5
    HOME TEAM
    GMS
    AVG.
    %
    CAP.
    '11-12 THRU
    MARCH 5
    %
    +/-
    GMS
    '11-12
    FINAL
    %
    +/-
    Canadiens
    13
    21,273
    100.0%
    21,273
    0.0%
    35
    21,273
    0.0%
    Flyers
    11
    19,750
    101.1%
    19,749
    0.0%
    30
    19,764
    -0.1%
    Maple Leafs
    10
    19,362
    102.9%
    19,518
    -0.8%
    33
    19,507
    -0.7%
    Senators
    12
    19,001
    99.2%
    19,209
    -1.1%
    33
    19,356
    -1.8%
    Lightning
    11
    19,204
    100.0%
    18,380
    4.5%
    31
    18,468
    4.0%
    Sabres
    11
    18,965
    99.4%
    18,679
    1.5%
    34
    18,680
    1.5%
    Penguins
    10
    18,647
    101.4%
    18,558
    0.5%
    31
    18,566
    0.4%
    Capitals
    11
    18,506
    100.0%
    18,506
    0.0%
    33
    18,506
    0.0%
    Hurricanes
    10
    18,091
    96.8%
    15,700
    15.2%
    36
    16,043
    12.8%
    Bruins
    9
    17,565
    100.0%
    17,565
    0.0%
    33
    17,565
    0.0%
    Rangers*
    14
    17,200
    100.0%
    18,189
    -5.4%
    31
    18,192
    -5.5%
    Devils
    11
    17,151
    97.3%
    15,184
    13.0%
    31
    15,397
    11.4%
    Panthers
    13
    16,817
    87.4%
    16,471
    2.1%
    33
    16,628
    1.1%
    Jets
    10
    15,004
    100.0%
    15,004
    0.0%
    35
    15,004
    0.0%
    Islanders
    13
    12,563
    77.4%
    13,051
    -3.7%
    34
    13,191
    -4.8%
    E.C. TOTALS
    169
    17,904
    97.3%
    17,642
    1.5%
    493
    17,642
    1.5%
    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. * = With the ongoing renovations to Madison Square Garden, capacity for Rangers games is now 17,200, down from the previous capacity of 18,200.

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