Thursday, December 18, 2008

Graphs: Division Game by Game Attendance

First graphs I did yesterday to sharpen my skills. We'll start with the West...

The Central Division. No surprises really here. Chicago leads the way and is pretty stable, followed by Detroit and St. Louis. St. Louis, until recently, had a nice sellout streak going and was fairly stable. Columbus and Nashville are a mess, as you can see.
- Stability Rating: 6 out of 10 (2 points for each team)

The Northwest Division. 4 out of 5 teams here are currently on a sellout streak. Pretty stable. If Colorado had the team it had earlier in the decade, it may be 5 out of 5. But with them 1 point out of the playoffs, and Edmonton only 2, this division could be the most stable out of all.
- Stability Rating: 9 out of 10.

The Pacific. Kinda Crazy. The Kings will be on the road a lot once the new year comes, as they are 4 games ahead of 3 other teams in terms of home games. Along with this, you never know what to expect in LA, a packed crowd or one that came for a pee-wee game. Phoenix is consistently bad, while San Jose and Anaheim lead the way in this division. Finally, I'm sure all those new Stars season ticket holders are really kicking themselves.
- Stability rating: 5.5 out of 10

And off to the East...

The Atlantic. Philly leads the way here, only dipping below 19K once this season thus far. Followed by them are NYR and Pittsburgh, but after that is where the fun begins. The Devil's attendances heavily depend on who the team is playing, along with the Islanders.
- Stability Rating: 7 out of 10.

The Northeast. Any division with 3 Canadian teams is going to be stable, and the Northeast is just that. The best part of it is that Buffalo sells out more than Ottawa, so this division is very, very stable. Montreal leads the way, followed by a mix of Buffalo, Ottawa, and Toronto. Boston is in last, but given their top in the conference record, Attendance should start to settle down, as it has begun to already.
- Stability Rating: 9.5 out of 10.

The Redneck Division, I mean Southeast. With the exception of Washington, who is like a Priest in a family of addicted gamblers, this is the division the NHL should be worried about. They are losing big time money, and with the exception of the Caps again, all the fans are fair-weathered. Hockey and the south do not mix well.
- Stability Rating: 4 out of 10

What to take of all this? Well, basically, the graphs show which teams are doing the best job of filling the arena night in and night out. It also shows which fans have the strongest fan-base and their dedication to their team. I will now begin to look at a team by team basis, and start trying to catch promotional campaigns to sell tickets, and see the publics' response. Also, on another note, I'll most likely do a piece soon on who is "selling" out their arena and which teams actually play in front of a "sellout."


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