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NHL Attendance Flat To Date; Red Wings, Golden Knights Packing New Venues

Through the first two months of the '17 regular season, the NHL's average attendance is flat compared to the same time frame last season. Teams are averaging 17,244 fans per game, with the Blackhawks on pace to lead all clubs for a 10th consecutive year. Among the major changes this season are the Red Wings opening the new Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit and the expansion Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Both teams are playing before sellout crowds, while a total of 14 teams are averaging at or above capacity. At Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Blue Jackets attendance is up 15.1% -- the biggest gain among NHL clubs. The Panthers have seen the largest drop in attendance at 9.6%. The Islanders are down 5.9% to date for a league-low 11,686 per game.

NHL REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE THROUGH DEC. 4
TEAM
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
% +/-
GMS ('16-17)
Blackhawks
13
280,127
21,548
109.3%
21,554
0.0%
14
Canadiens
15
319,530
21,302
100.1%
21,288
0.1%
14
Red Wings^
13
253,695
19,515
100.0%
20,027
-2.6%
14
Flyers
14
270,497
19,321
98.6%
19,578
-1.3%
15
Maple Leafs
13
250,590
19,276
102.4%
19,222
0.3%
11
Lightning
13
248,196
19,092
100.0%
19,092
0.0%
11
Wild
13
246,581
18,968
105.6%
18,983
-0.1%
10
Flames
15
279,737
18,649
96.7%
18,502
0.8%
13
Penguins
12
222,875
18,573
101.0%
18,532
0.2%
13
Capitals
15
277,590
18,506
100.0%
18,506
0.0%
12
Oilers
13
238,511
18,347
100.0%
18,347
0.0%
13
Kings
14
255,220
18,230
100.0%
18,263
-0.2%
13
Blues
14
254,763
18,197
95.0%
18,329
-0.7%
15
Stars
12
217,029
18,086
97.6%
18,399
-1.7%
11
Sabres
13
233,255
17,943
94.1%
18,293
-1.9%
12
Golden Knights
12
214,221
17,852
102.0%
n/a
n/a
n/a
Canucks
12
213,608
17,801
94.4%
18,238
-2.4%
14
Rangers
18
320,116
17,784
98.8%
18,045
-1.4%
15
Bruins
13
228,345
17,565
100.0%
17,565
0.0%
11
Sharks
14
242,037
17,288
98.4%
17,491
-1.2%
12
Predators
14
240,021
17,144
100.2%
17,161
-0.1%
12
Ducks
15
242,244
16,150
94.0%
15,911
1.5%
12
Blue Jackets
14
216,089
15,435
85.1%
13,412
15.1%
12
Senators
14
216,005
15,429
88.8%
15,238
1.3%
16
Jets*
13
199,173
15,321
100.2%
15,294
0.2%
13
Devils
12
177,981
14,832
89.8%
14,536
2.0%
9
Avalanche
13
189,428
14,571
81.8%
15,013
-2.9%
13
Coyotes
12
161,158
13,430
78.4%
12,921
3.9%
11
Panthers
13
164,962
12,689
65.9%
14,044
-9.6%
11
Hurricanes
13
154,229
11,864
63.5%
10,969
8.2%
10
Islanders
11
128,541
11,686
74.0%
12,424
-5.9%
15
TOTALS
415
7,156,354
17,244
94.4%
17,267
-0.1%
377

NOTES: ^ = The Red Wings are playing their first season at the new Little Caesars Arena, having moved from Joe Louis Arena after the '16-17 season. * = Winnipeg hosted the Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic vs. the Oilers (33,240) last season at Investors Group Field.