22 teams are averaging at least 100% of seating capacity, compared to 17 last year.
26 teams are averaging at least 90%, and 24 above 95%, compared to 21 last year.
The bottom four teams this year: 86,84,81,70. Last year: 82,81,77,73.
I'm comparing a full season to only a few weeks; I don't have "to-date" figures for 2011-2012, and figures will be skewed by presence/absence of rivalry games, but it's certainly not the case that attendance is suffering because of the lockout.
Blues -7.4 points
Phoenix -2.5 points
Dallas +19.8 points
Florida +16.6 points
Jersey +12.6 points
Carolina +11.3 points
Anaheim + 6.1 points
Unless they're giving tickets away or this was a "I need my fix" post-lockout spike, the league has to be giddy about those increases. Phoenix is interesting given the considerable improvement in some of the other expansion/weaker markets.
Source: ESPN.com, with stick taps to Pelti & PhillyBuckeye12 for fixes
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