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Watching Ottawa And St. Louis

from Jason Kay of The Hockey News,

According to reports, the Ottawa Senators yesterday had their worst-attended home game since 2004 when their afternoon 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets drew an announced crowd of 15,535.

The weak turnout comes on the heels of a piece by the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch that analyzes the downturn in seats sold at Canadian Tire Centre. The Sens, according to figures assembled by espn.com, rank 20th among the 30 NHL clubs in terms of percentage capacity, by far the lowest of the Canadian franchises....

Similarly, the St. Louis Blues’ attendance numbers are a red flag. THN’s pre-season pick to the win the Stanley Cup, the Blues have lost just once in regulation at home and have the league’s second best goal differential at plus-20 (behind only San Jose). They play a high-tempo, physical style that should engage spectators, yet they are averaging just 16,547 at Scottrade Center, filling the building to 86.4 percent capacity. That’s eighth-worst in the league. And they didn’t sell out any of their three playoff games last season.


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Primis's avatar

Nobody should be surprised by St. Louis.  Contrary to what everyone always claims, it is not a hockey town, or area.

The CHL also put an expansion franchise in St. Charles this year after pumping up the area for years as being a prime candidate for pro minor hockey.  They are averaging just over 1,800/game so far, 2nd-worst in the league (Denver Cutthroats are only team worse, at just over 1,400/game).

Posted by Primis on 11/18/13 at 05:21 PM ET


Ottawa has also had awful scheduling. There have been three or four Sunday afternoon games (1pm usually, but there was a 4pm or 5pm one as well IIRC), and zero Saturday night games. Not to mention they didn’t get a home game until a few weeks into the season.

Posted by Chris M on 11/18/13 at 05:54 PM ET

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