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The NHL Shift: Numbers and notes, 11/8/2013
November 8, 2013 10:52 AM
• 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were purchased by new owners just before this season, while the Islanders are playing their final two seasons at outdated Nassau Coliseum before moving to Brooklyn in 2015.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.
• 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.