The NHL Shift: Numbers and notes, 1/24/2014
January 24, 2014 11:47 AM
• THE NUMBERS
47 percent: The percentage of the league’s teams (14 of 30) that continue to average at least 100 percent in home attendance now well past the midway mark of the season. Last year, 16 of 30 posted at 100% for the entire lockout-shortened season — though those home slates were 24 games per team and started in January.
|John Isley and Southside Johnny of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes perform at Hard Rock Live! in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on March 7, 2013, in Hollywood, Fla.
23,351: The Red Wings’ per-game average — though a wee-bit skewed in that it in factors in the more than 105,000 fans who packed Michigan Stadium for the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1 (compared to the usual Joe Louis Arena home-game capacity of 20,066). The other 13 clubs at capacity have not benefited from an outdoor game spike, but the Los Angeles Kings (18,130 average) would see a bump to their number after their Coors Light Stadium Series game on Saturday night against the Ducks at Dodger Stadium. The Devils and Islanders, who are the home teams for the two games next week at Yankee Stadium, are not at 100 percent, so the high crowd counts will be especially welcome for them.
3 p.m.: The time of a special open practice the St. Louis Blues are having today at Yale University as a teamwide show of support to Blues player Jaden Schwartz, whose sister, Mandi — a former player at Yale — died in 2011 at age 23 of acute myeloid leukemia. The Blues also will attend tonight’s game between Yale and Brown, which is Yale’s fourth annual White Out for Mandi event, where fans are asked to wear white and encouraged to make donations to the Mandi Schwartz Foundation.
7 for 7: After finalizing a sponsorship agreement this week with the Edmonton Oilers, Scotiabank now has deals with all seven Canadian NHL franchises. Scotiabank is the “official bank” of the Oilers, Canucks, Jets, Maple Leafs, Senators and Flames and is a sponsor of the Canadiens. It also is the official bank of the NHL.
17 hours: That’s how long the coming Carolina-Ottawa game in Raleigh was postponed — from 7 p.m. tonight until noon tomorrow — after Carolina’s scheduled game in Philadelphia was moved from Tuesday to Wednesday because of a snowstorm. The Hurricanes played in Buffalo last night, a makeup of a previously snowed-out game (yes, that’s two snow-postponements for the Canes), and an NHL rule prohibits teams from playing games on three consecutive days. The Hurricanes are offering ticket exchanges to fans unable to change their plans from Friday night to Saturday afternoon — and we’re told that could be a lot — but for fans who can make the Saturday matinee, the team is offering popcorn for $1 and soda for $2.
To executive producer Ross Greenburg and the 75 staffers working on “NHL Revealed,” which debuted Wednesday night on NBCSN. Greenburg and company were able to capture a special personal moment as part of the program, as a crew rode with the Islanders’ Kyle Okposo and wife Danielle to the hospital, staying along in the waiting room until Danielle gave birth to the couple’s first child.
What else? The Coors Light Stadium Series finally arrives. The NHL continues to say “limited tickets are available” for the Dodger Stadium game tomorrow night and the Rangers-Islanders game at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday; we’re told there’s more than 3,000 left for each. The Rangers-Devils game at the ballpark in the Bronx on Sunday is sold out. Capacity at Dodger Stadium: More than 50,000; Yankee Stadium: more than 45,000.