Comparing attendance figures for all 30 teams

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For no reason in particular (other than we’re tired of poring over the Oilers’ problems), here are the NHL’s attendance figures comparing last season to this one:

2014-15 2013-14 % change
Dallas 16,803 14,658 14.63%
Columbus 15,340 14,698 4.37%
St. Louis 17,584 17,025 3.28%
Washington 18,506 18,054 2.50%
Minnesota 18,917 18,505 2.23%
Nashville 16,844 16,600 1.47%
San Jose 17,334 17,133 1.17%
Ottawa 18,258 18,108 0.83%
Winnipeg 15,016 15,004 0.08%
Edmonton 16,839 16,828 0.07%
Montreal 21,286 21,273 0.06%
Anaheim 16,473 16,469 0.02%
Boston 17,565 17,565 0.00%
NY Rangers 18,006 18,006 0.00%
Pittsburgh 18,596 18,618 -0.12%
Philadelphia 19,765 19,839 -0.37%
Tampa Bay 18,465 18,612 -0.79%
Toronto 19,143 19,446 -1.56%
New Jersey 15,017 15,257 -1.57%
Calgary 18,973 19,302 -1.70%
Buffalo 18,046 18,579 -2.87%
Los Angeles 18,262 19,017 -3.97%
NY Islanders 14,126 14,740 -4.17%
Chicago 21,517 22,623 -4.89%
Colorado 15,437 16,295 -5.27%
Vancouver 18,661 19,770 -5.61%
Arizona 12,912 13,775 -6.26%
Detroit 20,027 22,149 -9.58%
Carolina 11,823 15,483 -23.64%
Florida 8,849 14,177 -37.58%

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Notes:

— Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, NJ Devils, NY Islanders, and Vancouver all hosted outdoor games last season, skewing their numbers upwards. So yeah, there should be zero concern that attendance for Blackhawks games is down. They still lead the league with an average of 21,517.

— In many markets where sellouts aren’t the norm, attendance has been known to increase once football season is over and the playoff races heat up.

— Dallas and Columbus have enjoyed good attendance bumps after breaking lengthy playoff droughts last season. Unfortunately, both the Stars and Blue Jackets got off to tough starts in 2014-15 and return trips to the postseason seem unlikely at this point. (Though both teams are playing better of late, so you never know.)

— Interesting that crowds are actually down for the Avs. You’d have thought that last season’s excitement would’ve helped their season-ticket base in a pretty significant way.

— Florida’s drop is the biggest, and it’s certainly eye-opening. Remember, however, that the Panthers have ceased the practice of giving away and/or deeply discounting tickets. We’d be more curious to know what Florida’s ticket-revenue numbers look like.

— Ditto for the ‘Canes.

— Arizona’s crowds are down. In a related story, the Coyotes will try to avoid their 10th straight home loss tonight against Edmonton.