The NHL Shift: Numbers and notes, 11/8/2013

A look at the past week in the NHL and a glimpse at the week ahead.

THE NUMBERS
3: Franchises accounting for 16 of the 19 least-attended home games this season through last night’s games: Florida (with six), the New York Islanders (five) and Phoenix (five). The Panthers and Coyotes were purchased by new owners just before this season, while the Islanders are playing their final two seasons at outdated Nassau Coliseum before moving to Brooklyn in 2015.

77: Number of consecutive sellouts for the Los Angeles Kings after last night’s game. The team has surpassed the Gretzky-era franchise record established between 1990 and 1992.

BEIRNE
280:
Distance in miles from Toronto to Ottawa, which will be the relocation route for former Toronto FC vice president of business operations Paul Beirne, who will join the NHL Senators on Dec. 1 as the club’s executive vice president of ticketing. Beirne, 47, was Toronto FC’s first employee prior to the club’s launch in MLS in 2007. The Senators, who played at 101 percent capacity last season, are averaging almost 2,000 fewer fans per game so far this season.

Photo by: TERRY LEFTON / STAFF
30,335:
The number of Stanley Cup popcorn makers sold by Pangea Brands since the start of the season. The product (MSRP: $99.99) received a nice pop this week when the Chicago Blackhawks presented one to President Obama during their visit to the White House.

LOOKING AHEAD
WEDNESDAY: NBCSN’s successful “Wednesday Night Rivalry” tentpole has Pittsburgh hosting Philadelphia. While the Penguins are a Cup contender and the Flyers are, um, fighting it so far this season, the battle should be good for ratings: Their Feb. 20 game last season drew 901,000 viewers, one of the best NHL numbers in the network’s history.

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