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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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