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by Paul on 01/22/13 at 12:41 PM ET
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Despite the 0-2 start, hockey fans in New York are geared up about the NHL season. According to TiqIQ, New York Rangers tickets are currently among the most expensive NHL tickets in the league, at an average price of $241 dollars on the secondary market. This is up 44% over last year’s average ticket price of $174 dollars.
Excitement is high for the Rangers, and with good reason. Over the past three seasons, New York has climbed from missing the playoffs, to barely sneaking into the playoffs, to finishing tied for the most wins in the NHL last year. This season, it’s Cup or Bust for the boys in blue, as they enter the lockout-shortened season as the favorite (7:1) to take home the most coveted trophy in sports. With prized free agent signing Rick Nash slated to play left wing on the first line with Brad Richards and Marion Garborik, the Rangers have added some scoring punch to what was already the best defense in the Eastern Conference last season.
While some pundits might claim that the lockout damaged interest in the NHL, ticket-pricing data would indicate something to the contrary. Rivalry has always been a big part of Eastern Conference hockey in particular, and big time conference matchups have become even more important with the condensed schedule. As a result, the price to see top matchups has risen significantly this year.
The five highest priced games of the season for the Rangers are all against playoff teams from last season. The April 27th draw against the New Jersey Devils is currently the most expensive game of the year, checking it at an average ticket price of $351 dollars and $114 dollars to get in the door. The second most expensive games of the season will be their April 21st tilt against those Devils. It’s a classic cross-Hudson rivalry filled with bad blood dating back to the Messier years, and a rematch of last season’s intense Eastern Conference Finals. Neither date will cost you any less than $98 bucks to get in the door.
The third most expensive game on the Rangers schedule is February 17th when they faceoff against the Washington Capitals, whom the Rangers took down in the conference semifinals last year. Prices for that game are currently averaging $319, with a get in price of $103. Rounding out the top five are the April 3rdmatchup against Sid the Kid and the rejuvenated Pittsburgh Penguins, and a March 5th game against the Flyers. These games currently hold average ticket prices of $296 and $277 dollars respectively, and are no less than $98 dollars to get in the door.
While ticket prices are certainly high for the Rangers this season, it should be worth it to catch a game on any given night. The Rangers have the makeup of a serious Stanley Cup contender, and can’t afford to take any games off with the 48-game schedule.
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