Thrashers' attendance plummets

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Normally I wouldn't jump on something like an attendance trend this early in the season, but what's happened in Atlanta through the team's first four home dates can't really be brushed off due to a small sample size.

After selling out with more than 18,500 fans in the building for the home opener last week, the Thrashers have had two crowds in the 11,000 to 12,000 range and just more than 14,000 in one other when the Sabres and their legions of transplanted Buffalonian fans swelled the numbers on Saturday.

At this early juncture, Atlanta is dead last in both attendance and capacity in the NHL, averaging just 13,900 fans a game. Barring more sellouts like the home opener, however, expect that figure to continue to fall all season.

On the ice, the team has been fairly decent — especially compared to last season's 0-6 start.

Given factors like the economy and low expectations for the team on the ice, I don't think it's out of the question we see some games dip under 10,000 this year in Atlanta.

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