Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/29/14 at 03:06 PM ET
By Nick Tranfaglia of TiqIQ,
After a Game 5 loss in Chicago Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Kings return to the Staples Center for Game 6 Friday in hopes of eliminating the Blackhawks on home ice. Though they lead the series 3-2, the Kings continue to see a drop in average secondary ticket price for Game 6 in Los Angeles.
As Game 6 approaches, the average price for LA Kings tickets on the secondary market at the Staples Center is now $410.48, down 6.75% from yesterday’s average of $440.19, according to TiqIQ. Los Angeles holds the cheapest secondary average among all remaining teams in the NHL Playoffs.
Chicago currently owns the second lowest average price of $650.59 at the United Center if the series reaches Game 7. Should the Eastern Conference Finals also extend to Game 7 and return to Montreal, the Canadiens have the highest Round 3 home average price at $920.17.
Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals extended into a second overtime before Michael Handzus scored for the Blackhawks, ensuring at least one more game between the two teams. Chicago jumped out to an early 2-0 lead within the first four minutes of the game, but the Kings had a 4-3 lead entering the third period. The series travels back to Los Angeles for Game 6, where the Kings won Games 3 and 4 on home ice. One win separates them from their second Stanley Cup Final appearance in three years.
The two teams met three times during the regular season with the Chicago taking all three games against Los Angeles. The Blackhawks have not been as dominant this postseason, however, as they risk elimination for the second straight game on Friday.
Despite the potential to clinch the series at home Friday night, the Kings will see declining ticket prices on the secondary market. If the series travels back to Chicago for Game 7, the Blackhawks will likely see a big increase in the average price for tickets, well above the the $650 average the game currently has.
The Kings have no interest in returning to Chicago, however, as they look to eliminate the Blackhawks in front of the Los Angeles faithful Friday night. They’ll also hope they can just stay home to host Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, which is set to start Wednesday, June 7. Los Angeles would host the first two games should the Rangers defeat the Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Finals.
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