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NHL Attendance Relatively Flat For '15-16 Season; Panthers Up Big In South Florida

NHL attendance was relatively flat for the '15-16 season, with teams averaging 17,441 fans per game compared to 17,376 last season (+0.2%). The Panthers led all NHL clubs in gains at the gate this season, with average attendance up 36.5% at BB&T Center. The Panthers were the only Eastern Conference club to see a significant uptick at home. Meanwhile, the Islanders during the club's first season in Brooklyn saw attendance decline 11% compared to last season on Long Island. Capacity for NHL games at Barclays Center is below what Nassau Coliseum had. The Blue Jackets also saw attendance decline 5.5% at Nationwide Arena this season. The Hurricanes saw a league-low average of 12,204 fans per game this season, down 4% from the '14-15 campaign. See tomorrow's issue for NHL Western Conference figures (THE DAILY).

NHL EASTERN CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE
HOME TEAM
GAMES
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
% +/-
Canadiens
41
872,808
21,288
100.0%
21,287
0.0%
Red Wings
41
821,107
20,027
100.0%
20,027
0.0%
Flyers
41
788,319
19,227
98.4%
19,271
-0.2%
Maple Leafs
41
785,485
19,158
101.8%
19,063
0.5%
Lightning
41
782,772
19,092
100.0%
18,823
1.4%
Sabres
41
762,223
18,591
97.5%
18,581
0.1%
Penguins
41
760,586
18,551
100.9%
18,618
-0.4%
Capitals*
41
758,944
18,511
100.0%
18,506
0.0%
Senators
41
741,472
18,085
96.7%
18,247
-0.9%
Rangers
41
738,246
18,006
100.0%
18,006
0.0%
Bruins*
41
720,165
17,565
100.0%
17,565
0.0%
Panthers
41
630,746
15,384
79.9%
11,271
36.5%
Devils
41
618,029
15,074
91.3%
15,190
-0.8%
Blue Jackets
41
601,293
14,666
80.8%
15,512
-5.5%
Islanders^
41
558,705
13,627
86.3%
15,335
-11.1%
Hurricanes
41
500,363
12,204
65.3%
12,716
-4.0%
E.C. TOTALS
656
11,441,263
17,441
93.8%
17,376
0.4%
NHL TOTALS
1,230
21,501,156
17,481
95.5%
17,444
0.2%
             

NOTES: All attendance figures for outdoor games have been replaced with team's home arena capacity. * = The Bruins hosted the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic this season at Gillette Stadium (attendance 67,426); the Capitals hosted the game last season at Nationals Park (attendance 42,832). ^ = The Islanders in '15-16 played their first season in Barclays Center (hockey capacity: 15,795), having moved from Nassau Coliseum (16,170) after the '14-15 season.