Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/12/13 at 01:30 PM ET
By Dan Groob, TiqIQ
The Washington Capitals are disappointing again, and fans are none too pleased. Coming off a 2011 season which saw the Capitals finish with the most points in the Eastern Conference, last season’s 7th place finish and second round exit represented multiple steps in the wrong direction. This year, things might even be worse.
Nearly a quarter of the way through the season, the Capitals have allowed a league-high 41 goals and rank dead last in the Eastern Conference with just two victories. Due in large part to shoddy goaltending and offensive-minded defensemen vacating their responsibilities on the defensive end, the Capitals have not been able to stop anyone all season. And while first year Head Coach Adam Oates preaches an offense-oriented system, it has still not been enough to get Alexander Ovechkin going as he remains mired in what is now a year and a half long slump.
What was supposed to be an exciting, high-scoring team has turned out to be an exciting opportunity for opponents to boost their numbers. That said, the average price of Capitals tickets has actually gone risen 5% from $132 to $138 dollars since the start of the year.
Following the Capitals extended road trip, they return home on February 21st to take on the defending Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils. This game is perhaps the best example of souring expectations of Capitals fans, as the average ticket price of $116 dollars for what should be a premier matchup checks in at 16% below the season average. The get-in price of $36 dollars is also a great deal relative to many other games this year.
Just two days later, these same two teams square off again. Here we see the power of the Saturday Matinee draw. With a noon start time; this matchup against the Devils carries an average price of $166 dollars, 20% above the season average. The get-in price of $62 dollars for this game is also one of the higher marks of the season.
On February 26, the Carolina Hurricanes come to town. A young and developing team, the Hurricanes, have been a pleasant surprise early on this year, with 10 points in 9 games. Fans have not yet caught on however, as tickets to this game check in at an average of just $94 dollars, 30% below the Capitals’ season average. If you are looking for a cheap ticket to any game this year, this game probably represents the best opportunity to see a decent team on short money, with a get-in price of just $28 dollars.
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