Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/07/14 at 01:53 PM ET
By Nick Tranfaglia of TiqIQ,
The New York Rangers trail the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals as Game 4 gets underway Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. Despite a competitive series thus far, average home ticket price has dropped for both teams in the last 24 hours, according to TiqIQ.
The Rangers have a significantly higher price for NHL playoff tickets price at home than the Penguins, with the average price of New York Rangers playoff tickets currently at $452.76. The Penguins, who hold a 2-1 series lead, average just a $276.06 ticket at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, the lowest among the remaining teams in the playoffs.
In addition to the large disparity between both teams’ average home price, ticket prices have decreased at both arenas since the end of Game 3. On Tuesday, the average price for Rangers tickets was $472.70, marking a 4.22% drop in price on the secondary market. Penguins playoff tickets averaged $308.48 after Game 3, and they're down 10.51% in the last 24 hours.
It hasn’t been all negative for the secondary market, however. Both the Rangers and Penguins have seen big jumps in round-to-round premium during the second round when compared to round 1. The Rangers had a round 1 home average of $359.32, signifying a 31.55% increase in average price in round 2. The Penguins hold a 27% premium in round 2 as their round 1 tickets had an average price of $201.82.
Both teams have played well over the series’ first three games, but Pittsburgh has held the advantage with superb defense from goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury has held the Rangers to just three goals in the series, tallying two shutout performances in Games 2 and 3. Rangers stopper Henrik Lundqvist hasn’t been as sharp and has allowed seven goals in the first three games.
Penguins ticket prices on the secondary market continue to drop as the series will head back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Friday. If the Penguins win Game 4 at MSG, they can potentially clinch the series Friday night at home. With declining ticket prices and a possible Game 5 clinch, Penguins fans may have a strong reason to celebrate come Friday.
The Rangers will have their work cut out for them as they enter Game 4 tonight. The Penguins are just two games away from heading to their seventh Conference Finals in franchise history. As the road to the Stanley Cup Final continues, watch New York and Pittsburgh fight for the right to move on and take one step closer to hoisting the Cup.
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