Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/08/13 at 05:06 PM ET
by Eli Epstein, TiqIQ
If teams hadn’t gotten the point yet, they’re certainly getting it now: Don’t doubt the Ottawa Senators, at any cost. Montreal is learning this lesson the hard way. Through four games, the historic Habs are down three games to one to a team that was discarded as a hodgepodge of minor league have-nots during the regular season and then again as cobbled-together--and not particularly impressive--fluke team during the postseason.
Earth to the NHL: these guys are for real. Their gritty, they don’t back down and they can score. Let this be a wakeup call to anyone not sold on Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson; this guy is the league’s top puck-moving defenseman. It’s a shame he wasn’t around to do it for the entire season. If that was the case, then perhaps the Senators would have been a two seed and not a seven seed.
Karlsson has five points in four games, as does wily vet Daniel Alfredsson. The two Swedes will lead the Senators going forward, but they’re joined by unheralded newcomers like Jean-Gabriel Pageau, a virtually unknown Ottawa-native who has three goals so far for the Senators in this year’s playoffs.
Where have the heavily favored Canadiens faltered? For one, they can’t seem to beat the Senators on the road, going 0-3 at Scotiabank Place against this year. Their disappointing performances can’t solely be pegged to to home ice advantage, however. Through four games, they’ve only scored eight goals. Max Pacioretty has none of them. Young winger Brendan Gallagher is a -6 so far. They’ve seen gritty performances from their grinders--Jeff Halpern, Brandon Prust (who’s questionable for game five) and Travis Moen--but they need more from their household names, like the Brian Gionta, David Desharnais and Raphael Diaz’s of the world.
Facing elimination, the Canadiens will fight for their lives Thursday night in Montreal. Tickets will be relatively inexpensive to that game, $280.08 to be exact. Prices are usually much higher at the Bell Centre, but it can be assumed that Habs fans don’t want to pay to normal arena prices to watch what has been an uneven series, thus far. Get-in prices for game 5 are as cheap as $87.
If the series drags on, prices will reach $349.08 Saturday night in Ottawa for game 6 Ottawa Senators tickets. According to TiqIQ, the cheap seats for that game will cost about $129.
The Habs could rally, and if they do force a game 7 in Montreal, Montreal Canadiens tickets prices will be back up to normal Bell Centre level. According to TiqIQ, the average price for a game is $499, with the cheap seats going for $158.
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