Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/15/14 at 04:08 PM ET
By Nick Tranfaglia of TiqIQ,
In what is sure to be a promising and competitive postseason, the first round of this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs will feature a few of the league’s most historic rivalries. The Philadelphia Flyers will head north on the New Jersey turnpike to take on the New York Rangers beginning April 17, with the two teams splitting their season series 2-2. The Chicago Blackhawks will look to defend their championship title and continue writing the script to a long-storied rivalry with the St. Louis Blues. The Los Angeles Kings square off against their Northern California foes in the San Jose Sharks, while the Kings took the season series 3-1-1. As one would expect, prices for these matchups are becoming expensive on the secondary market according to TiqIQ.
Madison Square Garden will be flooded with the blueshirts of the Ranger faithful this Thursday, but the reasonable two-hour commute from Philadelphia will make orange and black Flyers apparel noticeably present in The World’s Most Famous Arena. Fans hoping to attend will see playoff ticket prices on the secondary market increase significantly at the Garden, with average New York Rangers first round playoff tickets priced at $433.15. Average Philadelphia Flyers playoff tickets vs the New York Rangers at Wells Fargo Arena will be considerably cheaper, going for $185.68. These two prices are almost double the average regular season prices when the two teams faced off, with average regular season Ranger tickets against the Flyers at Madison Square Garden listed at $218.95 and Flyers tickets at Wells Fargo against the Rangers at $97.75.
Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks hope to have a similar postseason to last year’s in their pursuit for back-to-back championships. The Blackhawks will face the St. Louis Blues in the first round with ticket prices varying significantly between Chicago and St. Louis home games. Fans searching for first round Chicago Blackhawks vs St. Louis Blues tickets at the United Center on the secondary market will see an average ticket price of $415.44, a substantial difference from the average ticket price of $186.65 to see the Blues at home in the first round. The Blues have the edge on cheaper home first round tickets and also took the season series 3-2 over the Blackhawks.
Another large increase in playoff ticket prices between first round rivals will be seen in the Los Angeles Kings/San Jose Sharks series. During the regular season, average Los Angeles Kings tickets vs the San Jose Sharks at the Staples Center was $89.37. First round playoff tickets to Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center are more than double the regular season average on the secondary market, with the average ticket price set at $200.06. San Jose Sharks home games vs the Kings have remained similar in price for the regular season and first round of the playoffs, with regular season home games against the Kings averaging at $105.98 and first round San Jose Sharks playoff tickets going for $141.54 on the secondary market.
Whether a fan of these matchups or not, hockey lovers will have the opportunity to watch several storied rivalries unfold in just the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Look for passionate play and plenty of playoff stubble to form as each team pushes to raise the Stanley Cup as their own.
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