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NHL Attendance Relatively Flat For '16-17; Red Wings Sellout Streak Remains Intact

NHL attendance was relatively flat for the '16-17 season, with an average of 17,422 fans per game compared to 17,481 last season (-0.3%). The Blackhawks averaged 21,860 fans, leading all NHL teams in average attendance for a ninth consecutive season. The Canadiens were the last team to top the Blackhawks during in the '07-08 campaign. In Edmonton, the Oilers opened Rogers Place this season, selling out every game. The move from the smaller Rexall Place resulted in a league-best 8.9% increase at the turnstiles. The Blue Jackets saw the biggest gain among Eastern Conference teams, up 8% at Nationwide Arena. Despite not making the playoffs for the first time since '90, the Red Wings continued a sellout streak that dates back to December 19, 2010. The team will continue that streak next season at the new Little Caesars Arena as Joe Louis Arena, which opened in '79, played host to its final Red Wings game on Sunday night. Teams seeing noticeable declines this season were the Avalanche (-8.7%), Senators (7.4%) and Panthers (-5%).

'16-17 NHL REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE
HOME TEAM
GAMES
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
% +/-
Blackhawks
41
891,827
21,752
110.3%
21,860
-0.5%
Canadiens
41
872,808
21,288
100.0%
21,288
0.0%
Red Wings
41
821,107
20,027
100.0%
20,027
0.0%
Flyers
41
805,408
19,644
100.2%
19,227
2.2%
Maple Leafs^
41
788,986
19,244
102.3%
19,158
0.4%
Lightning
41
782,772
19,092
100.0%
19,092
0.0%
Wild
41
781,879
19,070
106.2%
19,035
0.2%
Blues^^
41
773,721
18,871
98.5%
18,451
2.3%
Flames
41
767,829
18,728
97.1%
19,146
-2.2%
Sabres
41
762,281
18,592
97.5%
18,591
0.0%
Penguins*
41
761,342
18,569
101.0%
18,551
0.1%
Canucks
41
758,891
18,510
98.1%
18,431
0.4%
Capitals
41
758,746
18,506
100.0%
18,511
0.0%
Oilers**
41
752,227
18,347
100.0%
16,841
8.9%
Kings
41
747,858
18,240
100.1%
18,274
-0.2%
Stars
41
742,163
18,102
97.7%
18,377
-1.5%
Rangers
41
738,828
18,020
100.1%
18,006
0.1%
Bruins
41
720,165
17,565
100.0%
17,565
0.0%
Sharks
41
717,833
17,508
99.7%
16,747
4.5%
Predators
41
703,555
17,160
100.3%
16,971
1.1%
Senators
41
686,523
16,744
90.2%
18,085
-7.4%
Ducks
41
653,632
15,942
92.8%
16,337
-2.4%
Blue Jackets
41
650,157
15,857
87.4%
14,666
8.1%
Jets***
41
627,058
15,294
100.0%
15,294
0.0%
Avalanche
41
608,252
14,835
82.4%
16,250
-8.7%
Panthers
41
599,447
14,621
76.0%
15,384
-5.0%
Devils
41
597,261
14,567
88.2%
15,074
-3.4%
Islanders
41
537,149
13,101
82.9%
13,627
-3.9%
Coyotes
41
536,878
13,095
76.5%
13,350
-1.9%
Hurricanes
41
482,829
11,776
63.0%
12,204
-3.5%
TOTALS
1,230
21,429,412
17,422
95.1%
17,481
-0.3%

NOTES: All attendance figures for outdoor games have been replaced with team's home arena capacity. ^ = The Maple Leafs hosted the '17 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic against the Red Wings (40,148) at BMO Field. ^^ = The Blues hosted the '17 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic against the Blackhawks (46,556) at Busch Stadium; the Bruins hosted the Canadiens in the game last season at Gillette Stadium (67,246). * = The Penguins hosted the Flyers (67,318) as part of the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Heinz Field. ** = The Oilers are playing their first season in Rogers Place (capacity: 18,347), having moved from Rexall Place (16,839) after the '15-16 season. *** = The Jets hosted the Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic against the Oilers (33,240) in October at Investors Group Field.