The Florida Panthers hosted the Ottawa Senators at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., Monday night and set a new team record. Unfortunately, it was a team record low in attendance, with 7,311 people filling the venue.
Until last year BB&T had a capacity of 17,040, but the team's new owners have curtained off the arena's top tier to lower total capacity to 15,720, which is still more than double last night's announced attendance.
The team's previous record low for attendance was set seven years ago, when 10,063 came out for a game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Halloween.
The Panthers have only played two of their 41 home games so far this season, so there is plenty of time for the attendance to rebound, or dip even lower.
The team attendance for the team's home opener on Saturday night was 11,419.
- Brendan Maloy