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Drawing a crowd

Since the Canes took over first place in the NHL -- briefly, for 30 minutes, on Jan. 10, then more securely since Jan. 17 -- attendance at the RBC Center is up 17 percent. The Canes return home tonight and Sunday, then take two weeks off for the Winter Olympics.

Date, opponent,Attendance

Jan. 10, Detroit 18,730

Jan. 13, Nashville 18,064

Jan. 15, St. Louis 18,730

Jan. 19, N.Y. Islanders 12,043

Jan. 23, Montreal 15,280

Jan. 28, Atlanta 18,930

Average attendance ...

First 22 home games 14,479

Past 6 home games 16,963

First 28 home games 15,011

Same period, 2003-04 11,342

Full season, 2003-04 12,330

CAROLINA HURRICANES, N&O RESEARCH

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