The Islanders home record in 2013-14 isn’t something the organization should be proud of, as the team finished 13-18-9 in its games played at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. According to a recent ESPN report, the Islanders finished in 26thplace in not only the NHL standings, but in average attendance as well.
As of last year, the coliseum’s capacity is listed at 16,170.
The ESPN report states that the Islanders drew an average of 14,740 fans for home games, which equates to a 91% building capacity. But, the average attendance figure is inflated because of the Stadium Series game, played on January 29th. As the Rangers, considered the road team, played the Islanders at Yankee Stadium as part of the Coor’s Light NHL Stadium Series. Because the Islanders were officially deemed ‘the home team’, the announced crowd of 50,027 is incorporated into the Islanders home attendance figure, although the game was played at a neutral venue.
So where do the Islanders rank if only games played at the coliseum are incorporated into the equation? After a total of forty games, the average Coliseum crowd was 13,857, an 85.8% building capacity, which puts the Islanders second to last in average home attendance. The Phoenix Coyotes were the only team to draw less people than the Islanders in 2013-14, attracting an average of 13,775 fans.
But what do the numbers mean? The Islanders played a total of twenty-two games last year with the attendance being above average. The team’s performance? An underachieving mark of 6-9-1. The team drew north of 13,857 13 times when the opponent was a team who would later qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including two games featuring this year’s Stanley Cup Final contenders; the Rangers and Kings.
In eighteen games where the announced crowd was lower than the overall average of 13,857; the Islanders acquired 16 points while posing 7-10-2 record. So statistically, the team performed better when less people were present in the stands. Per ESPN the Islanders played in front of an average of 16,043 on the road. Away from Uniondale, the Islanders accumulated a bulk of their points, registering 44, under a 21-18-2 record.
While many fans and analysts may argue that success comes with fan support and home ice advantage, the statistics show that the Islanders were slightly better in 2013-2014 when less people were in the stands, although the Islanders weren’t too successful at home overall.
Tom de Luca
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This article was previously written on Jun 4th