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Volume 26 No. 28

Research and Ratings

NHL attendance saw a 3.5% increase in the '18-19 regular season, as games averaged 17,456 fans, up from 16,864 last year. The Blackhawks continued to lead all teams with a 22,734 average, up 5% from 21,654 last season despite missing the playoffs for the second straight year. While their averages are still in the bottom 10 of the league, the Avalanche (+9.9%), Hurricanes (+7.5%) and Coyotes (+7.3%) all saw big increases. The Avalanche qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second straight season, while the Hurricanes are making their first appearance in 10 years. The Coyotes were in the mix to end a 7-year drought until late in the season. The Islanders had the league's smallest average attendance (12,443), with games split between Barclays Center (20) and Nassau Coliseum (21). The Coliseum's capacity for hockey is 13,900, while Barclays Center's is 15,795.

NHL REGULAR SEASON ATTENDANCE (41 HOME GAMES)
TEAM
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
% +/-
Blackhawks^
932,098
22,734
107.8%
21,654
5.0%
Canadiens
862,914
21,047
98.8%
21,300
-1.2%
Flyers
835,242
20,372
99.2%
19,517
4.4%
Maple Leafs
790,316
19,276
102.4%
19,187
0.5%
Red Wings
783,958
19,121
98.0%
19,515
-2.0%
Lightning
782,772
19,092
100.0%
19,092
0.0%
Wild
775,216
18,908
105.3%
19,037
-0.7%
Penguins
761,203
18,566
101.0%
18,580
-0.1%
Capitals
758,845
18,508
100.0%
18,775
-1.4%
Flames
758,550
18,501
95.9%
18,905
-2.1%
Oilers^^
752,227
18,347
100.0%
18,347
0.0%
Golden Knights
751,067
18,319
105.5%
18,042
1.5%
Stars
745,314
18,178
98.1%
18,110
0.4%
Canucks
738,918
18,022
95.5%
18,079
-0.3%
Kings
738,029
18,001
98.7%
18,240
-1.3%
Sabres^
734,238
17,908
93.9%
18,564
-3.5%
Bruins
720,165
17,565
100.0%
17,565
0.0%
Predators
715,276
17,446
101.7%
17,307
0.8%
Blues
711,823
17,362
94.4%
18,357
-5.4%
Rangers
710,074
17,319
96.2%
17,851
-3.0%
Sharks
707,909
17,266
98.3%
17,366
-0.6%
Avalanche*
702,446
17,133
96.2%
15,587
9.9%
Ducks
689,385
16,814
97.9%
16,636
1.1%
Blue Jackets
682,984
16,658
91.8%
16,659
0.0%
Jets*
626,330
15,276
100.2%
15,321
-0.3%
Devils^^
608,210
14,834
90.4%
15,201
-2.4%
Senators*, **
596,684
14,553
78.1%
15,829
-8.1%
Hurricanes
587,222
14,322
76.7%
13,321
7.5%
Coyotes
573,552
13,989
81.7%
13,041
7.3%
Panthers*
543,734
13,262
68.5%
13,851
-4.3%
Islanders
510,150
12,443
83.9%
12,002
3.7%
NHL TOTALS
22,186,851
17,456
98.5%
16,864
3.5%
NOTES: ^ = The Blackhawks hosted the '19 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic played at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, IN (attendance: 76,126). The Sabres hosted last season's game at Citi Field (41,821). ^^ = The Devils home game against the Oilers at Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden drew 12,044 as part of the SAP NHL Global Series. * = The Panthers and Jets each hosted a sold-out home game at the 13,490-seat Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland, as part of the SAP NHL Global Series. The previous season the Avalanche and Senators each hosted a sold-out home game at the 13,396-seat Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. ** = The Senators hosted the Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic at Lansdowne Park (33,959) last season.
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