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NHL Attendance Down Slightly Headed Into All-Star Break

NHL attendance heading into the All-Star break is just slightly off last year’s pace. NHL clubs are averaging 17,368 fans per game compared to 17,453 (-0.5%) during the same time frame last season. The Blackhawks remain on pace to lead the league at the gate for an 11th consecutive season -- despite sitting at next-to-last in the Western Conference standings. The team is averaging 23,424 per game (+8.2%) at United Center. Meanwhile, the Avalanche have a league-best increase of 14% at Pepsi Center. Overall, there are 11 NHL teams that have played at 100% capacity or better this season for all home games. The Islanders have the league’s smallest average at 12,060 (-3.8%), splitting this season’s home schedule between Barclays Center and Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Devils, Jets and Panthers all hosted designated home games in Europe as part of the NHL Global Series.

NHL REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE THROUGH JAN. 23
HOME TEAM
GAMES
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
% +/-
GAMES
('17-18
)
Blackhawks^
26
609,032
23,424
107.0%
21,640
8.2%
25
Canadiens
26
544,723
20,951
98.4%
21,302
-1.6%
27
Maple Leafs
26
501,367
19,283
102.5%
19,235
0.3%
23
Flyers
23
440,753
19,163
99.3%
19,438
-1.4%
26
Lightning
25
477,300
19,092
100.0%
19,092
0.0%
23
Red Wings
26
495,360
19,052
97.6%
19,515
-2.4%
27
Wild
25
473,737
18,949
105.5%
18,984
-0.2%
25
Penguins
23
426,710
18,553
100.9%
18,560
0.0%
25
Capitals
25
462,749
18,510
100.0%
18,506
0.0%
26
Oilers
26
477,022
18,347
100.0%
18,347
0.0%
25
Golden Knights
25
457,613
18,305
105.4%
17,921
2.1%
24
Flames
26
475,324
18,282
94.8%
18,759
-2.5%
26
Stars
25
454,779
18,191
98.2%
18,178
0.1%
25
Kings
26
466,647
17,948
98.5%
18,247
-1.6%
24
Sabres^
23
409,834
17,819
93.4%
19,082
-6.6%
21
Canucks
25
444,683
17,787
94.3%
17,954
-0.9%
24
Bruins
25
439,125
17,565
100.0%
17,565
0.0%
25
Rangers
24
416,966
17,374
96.5%
17,842
-2.6%
28
Predators
25
434,301
17,372
101.2%
17,208
1.0%
23
Avalanche
23
396,682
17,247
96.8%
15,118
14.1%
26
Sharks
25
428,729
17,149
97.6%
17,345
-1.1%
24
Blues
27
459,427
17,016
92.5%
18,258
-6.8%
27
Ducks
26
435,265
16,741
97.5%
16,478
1.6%
26
Blue Jackets
25
400,365
16,015
88.3%
15,993
0.1%
24
Jets*
26
396,515
15,251
100.2%
15,321
-0.5%
21
Devils**
23
344,861
14,994
91.9%
15,086
-0.6%
24
Senators^^
26
375,042
14,425
77.4%
16,196
-10.9%
25
Hurricanes
25
346,043
13,842
74.1%
12,936
7.0%
21
Coyotes
24
324,643
13,527
79.0%
13,021
3.9%
24
Panthers*
21
279,175
13,294
69.1%
13,528
-1.7%
22
Islanders
24
278,376
11,599
70.7%
12,060
-3.8%
23
TOTALS
770
13,373,148
17,368
94.8%
17,453
-0.5%
759
NOTES: ^ = The Blackhawks hosted the '19 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic played at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend (76,126). The Sabres hosted last season's game at Citi Field (41,821). ^^ = The Senators hosted the Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic at Lansdowne Park (33,959) last season. * = The Panthers and Jets played a pair of games at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland, as part of the SAP NHL Global Series. The Avalanche and Senators played a pair of games last season at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. ** = The Devils hosted the Oilers at Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden, as part of the SAP NHL Global Series.
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