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Sharks Tickets Could Be in High Demand Levi’s Stadium Outdoor Game

By Michael Shackil,

Levi’s Stadium will be the next big venue to host an NHL Stadium Series game during the upcoming 2014-2015 season. While the stadium held its first official sporting event last Saturday when soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes welcomed the Seattle Sounders, it was confirmed the stadium  will play host to a February 21 game between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings. This all comes after speculation surfaced following  primary ticket outlet Ticketmaster.com leaking a subtle hint on Saturday, posting a link that allowed fans to purchase tickets for the Coors Light Stadium Series game in late February at Levi’s Stadium. The link has since been removed, but Ticketmaster’s brief slip-up suggested the since confirmed big event in the inaugural year of California’s newest stadium.

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Does A Smaller Stadium Make Winter Classic Tickets More Expensive?

By Mike Shackil,

Ever since the NHL introduced the Winter Classic, outdoor hockey has been all the rage. There have been more and more outdoor hockey games, and last season the NHL had five outdoor games in addition to the popular Winter Classic. This upcoming season the Chicago Blackhawks will play the Washington Capitals in the Classic, with the venue yet to be decided.

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Kings Tickets Down 6.75% Heading Home For Game 6

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.

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NHL Playoffs: Prices For Rangers vs Penguins Tickets Dropping

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.

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Rivalries Dominate First-Round Matchups and Ticket Prices for Stanley Cup Playoffs

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.

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Ticket Situation For The Outdoor Games

By Nick Tranfaglia of TiqIQ,

Remember the days of just one NHL outdoor game, i.e. the Winter Classic? Yeah, forget about that. Fans and TV execs love watching the game in its purest form -- on an outdoor rink in freezing temperatures with snow possibly falling above. The league has noticed this fascination and cash opportunity. This year, it's scheduled six outdoor contests and here is a breakdown of NHL tickets for all six:

1/1: Red Wings vs Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium, NHL Winter Classic

Winter Classic tickets started at a high price when the game was first announced, but have been dropping as the game draws closer. On October 28, the average price for a ticket on the secondary market was $437. That price dropped to $363 per ticket on November 28 and currently sits at an average price just just $220. In less than two months, prices for the Winter Classic tickets have dropped almost in half at 49.7% and have dropped 16.7% since just the start of December. The $91 get-in price is also cheaper than every other Stadium Series game this season.

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Leafs’ November Ticket Preview

By Nick Tranfaglia of TiqIQ,

If there's one team that doesn't mind being placed in a cobbled-together Atlantic Division, it's probably the Toronto Maple Leafs, who, through 14 games this season, sit at the top of the division. The Leafs have surged early on, winning 10 contests thanks to steady goaltending from James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier, stellar defensive play from Dion Phaneuf and Cody Franson and a scoring onslaught perpetrated by Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk and Nazem Kadri. 

In fact, the Leafs are actually second in the league in goals scored, potting 47 in their 14 contests. More importantly, they lead the league in shooting percentage and have the NHL's third best powerplay. 

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2013-14 Carolina Hurricanes Tickets - Top 5 Games

By Nick Tranfaglie of TiqIQ,

Are the Carolina Hurricanes almost 50 percent better than they were last year? While that question is difficult to answer quantifiably, the Canes’ ticket prices are 46 percent more expensive this season than they were last year, hence the unanswerable query.

This year at PNC Arena, the average price for Carolina Hurricanes tickets is $114, whereas last year’s was $78.

So what’s new?

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2013-14 LA Kings Tickets: Top 5 Games

By Nick Tranfaglia of TiqIQ,

Hockey may not be the most popular sport in Los Angeles, but Los Angeles Kings tickets are a hot commodity. Home season tickets are averaging $126 per ticket this season. That’s 21% above last year’s average price of $104. L.A. sports fans like when their teams are winning, whether it‘s the Dodgers, Lakers, Clippers, or even USC and UCLA football.

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5 Most Anticipated Chicago Blackhawks Games for the 2013-2014 Season

By Nick Tranfaglia of TiqIQ,

Is a cup hangover in store for the Chicago Blackhawks, or will there be a two-peat in the Windy City?

Things got off to a promising start Tuesday night for the Hawks as they bested the Washington Capitals by two goals. In that game, they displayed the same offensive firepower with which they overcame the Boston Bruins during last year's Stanley Cup finals, when the team from Boston simply had no response, at times, to Chicago's arsenal of offensive weapons.

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Ticket Preview For The Edmonton Oilers

By Nick Tranfaglia of TiqIQ,

The Edmonton Oilers have fallen off the radar since 2006 when they were the Western Conference champions. However, former Oilers player and head coach Craig MacTavish, who brought Edmonton to the Stanley Cup final seven years ago, is back in town as the team’s new general manager. He is hoping to bring winning hockey back to Rexall Place, and the average Oilers tickets are at $235, a 38 percent increase over last season’s average of $170. You can get into the stadium for very low prices as well.

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Ticket Preview For The Vancouver Canucks

By Nick Tranfaglia of TiqIQ,

The Canucks, one of the most victorious teams over the last decade, enter 2013-14 in search of their sixth straight playoff appearance. Vancouver is also looking for its 14th consecutive winning season with an average ticket cost of $276, which is 24 percent higher than last year’s average of $223. There are many great games on the schedule, so you should get your Canucks tickets now for the following contests.

Hockey Night in Canada tops the list as the Canucks and Maple Leafs face off on Saturday, November 2. While the average ticket price is $551, you can get into Rogers Arena for $219 for this game.

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Top 5 Most Expensive Los Angeles Kings Home Games of the 2013-2014 Season

From Nick Tranfaglia of TiqIQ,

Where there was once glory, a biting feeling now hits at the heart of LA Kings fans. At this time last year they were still rejoicing after their underdog victory in the Western Conference playoffs, culminating in their hoisting of the Stanley Cup.

Today however, the memory of a 2013 assault at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks is still fresh in Kings fans' minds. They call it the "cup hangover" and this season the Kings will seek to reach the finals yet again, just like the Boston Bruins did two years after they won it in 2011. 

But, of course they'll have to go to war 82 times before they can even taste the playoffs. 41 games will be at home, where the Kings experienced a modest price increase (21 percent). Still, Kings tickets are relatively affordable at $126 on average. Last year at the Staples Center they were $104.

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Top 5 Most Expensive Chicago Blackhawks Home Games of the 2013-2014 Season

By Nick Tranfaglia of TiqIQ,

Hockey fans shouldn't blink, -training camp is right around the corner and that means the start of the regular season as well.

If the Chicago Blackhawks are done celebrating their 2nd championship in 4 years, they'll notice they have 82 tough matchups on their way to a 5th. 

What that translates to is not only a frenzy in Chicago, but also more expensive seats at the United Center, where ticket prices are up 56 percent since the Hawks' victory. Team execs will bank on a hangover from fans who are still drunk with excitement from last season, because at $369 for a seat this season Hawks fans will need to shell out. Last year the Hawks' season average at the United Center was $236, which must seem paltry in comparison.

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Game 5 SCF Ticket Talk

By Nick Tranfaglia of TiqIQ,

If you don’t like overtime, four-plus-hour games and mild heart attacks, then this series really isn’t for you. But if you can stay up until midnight or 1 a.m. watching hockey and can withstand the mini arrhythmias when Patrick Kane goes speeding down the wing alone in overtime, then this series between the Blackhawks and Bruins has been a dream come true.

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TiqIQ Ticket Preview: Penguins @ Bruins

Two games into their Eastern Conference Finals matchup with the Bruins, the heavily favored Penguins find themselves down two games to none, not a position many analysts envisioned them sitting in. Now, they're heading back to Boston in what amounts to be a must-win Game 3. No team wants to go 3-0 to a franchise with bountiful momentum, and the Penguins certainly don't want to do so on the road. 

Prices for Bruins tickets are actually down this week for games 3 and 4 Wednesday and Friday at TD Banknorth Garden. The average seat price for Game 3 is $448, according to TiqIQ. "Get-in" rates are available for $187. All told, prices are down 13 percent for Game 3, TiqIQ reports.

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TiqIQ Ticket Preview: Bruins vs. Penguins

by Eli Epstein, TiqIQ

Black and gold versus black and gold, or at least black versus shades that can be interpreted as gold and/or yellow.

Those colors will be at war in the coming weeks when the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins meet to decide who will become the 2013 NHL Eastern Conference champions.

Playing the top-seeded Pens should be a major wakeup call for the Bruins, who had their way with the Rangers in the conference semi-finals and never seemed to be truly challenged. There will be none of that when they play the Penguins. If they flinch for just a second when facing off with Pittsburgh’s gauntlet of star talent, they’ll find themselves goals behind.

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TiqIQ Ticket Preview: Red Wings @ Blackhawks

by Eli Epstein, TiqIQ

Chicago has gotten all it bargained for from Detroit in the Western Conference semifinals. Heavily favored entering the series, the Blackhawks have been taken to a decisive Game 7 by the Red Wings. In the process, however, the Hawks have shown plenty of moxie, even if they haven’t been dominant from A to Z like some analysts expected them to be.

The name that first comes to mind in Chicago is goaltender Corey Crawford, who’s allowed his team to climb back in the series after dropping Games 2, 3 and 4. Crawford, despite a few tricky moments this postseason, is still posting a 1.78 Goals Against Average and a .936 Save Percentage.

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TiqIQ Ticket Preview: Senators vs. Penguins

By Matthew Feuerman of TiqIQ,

Following a 7-3 loss at the hands (or should we say flippers) of the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday night, the Ottawa Senators are on their last leg, down 3-1 to arguably the NHL’s top team.

Has the Senators’ luck run out, or did they simply run into an unstoppable force they couldn’t overpower with grit, hustle and focus, similar to how they dismantled the higher-seeded Montreal Canadiens earlier this month?

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TiqIQ Ticket Preview: Sharks vs. Kings

By Matthew Feuerman of TiqIQ,

It was close late in Game 3, but in the end, Antti Niemi got it done for the San Jose Sharks. The veteran goalkeeper stopped 22 of 23 stops en route to a clutch victory for the Sharks, their second in a row.

It was also the second straight game where Niemi was near unbeatable. In games three and four he allowed only two goals combined, and give his team a decisive advantage on the ice. Niemi has posted a stellar 1.93 Goals Against Average this postseason.

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TiqIQ Ticket Preview: Senators- Penguins

By Eli Epstein, TiqIQ

As far as upsets go, the Ottawa Senators’ surprising triumph over the Montreal Canadiens in round one of the playoffs was pretty memorable. The undermanned, unheralded squad took it to the Habs and proved that grit, determination and hustle are what win playoff hockey games, not flare and hesitation.

The Senators face an uphill battle in round two, though. Already one game down to the Pittsburgh Penguins, they cannot afford to dig themselves into a deeper hole against the league’s most high-powered offense.

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TiqIQ Ticket Preview: Red Wings vs. Blackhawks

By Eli Epstein, TiqIQ

It took seven games, but a Detroit Red Wings team that almost didn’t make the playoffs showed up in a big way in the first round, ousting the second-seeded Anaheim Ducks in a series not many pundits expected the Wings to win. Not only did Detroit move on, they did so behind the stellar net play of star goalie Jimmy Howard, who posted a 2.74 Goals Against Average in the series.

Up front, the Wings had a balanced offensive attack, carrying six players who scored two or more goals in round one. Superstars Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk will always be the Wings’ bread and butter, but solid scoring outputs from grinders like Dan Cleary and Justin Abdelkader, which the Wings thankfully received, will propel Detroit to the next level.

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TiqIQ Ticket Preview: Maple Leafs vs. Bruins

By Eli Epstein, TiqIQ

Through three games, the Bruins have shown flashes of brilliance, proving themselves to be astonishingly brutal in protecting their own net from oncoming traffic--be it both pucks and bodies--and vicious in their ability to turn the slightest Maple Leaf error into a turnover and a Boston goal.

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TiqIQ Ticket Preview: Flyers @ Senators

By Eli Epstein, TiqIQ

The swan song is on for the Philadelphia Flyers’ 2012-2013 season, and what a disappointing campaign it was. In Philadelphia, expectations were high, as always. Nothing clicked for the Flyers this season, however.

Pricey goalie Ilya Bryzgalov was there one night, and veritably absent the next. Claude Giroux was high-flying, and Jakub Voracek exceeded expectations, but where was Danny Briere all season long, and why were the Flyers forwards so defensively lacking?

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TiqIQ Ticket Preview: Penguins @ Bruins

By Eli Epstein of TiqIQ

In what was most likely the most emotion-filled game of the 2012-2013 campaign, the Boston Bruins dominated the Buffalo Sabres Wednesday night for two periods, but were unable to clinch a victory in the third, squandering a one goal lead and eventually losing in the shootout.

For Boston, the loss was not a reason for dismay. After the tragic Boston Marathon bombings, the city used the game to come together and push the horrors of the blasts out of its mind.

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TiqIQ Ticket Preview: Islanders @ Maple Leafs

By Eli Epstein of TiqIQ,

To hockey diehards, from the New York area or outside of it, the New York Islanders are this season’s feel good story. The franchise, which hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2006 and advanced beyond the first round since 1993, was again pegged by many at the beginning of the season to finish at the bottom of the Atlantic Division, behind perennial contenders like the Devils, Penguins and Rangers.

The Islanders never got that memo. After beating the Panthers Tuesday night, they’re 22-16 and sit in sixth place, three points ahead of the eighth place Rangers. A rebuilding process in Long Island that began with drafting scoring phenom John Tavares first overall in the 2009 draft is beginning to reap dividends for the Isles. The Ontario-born center is joined upfront by Brad Boyes and Matt Moulson, who together form one of the NHL’s most underrated lines.,

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TiqIQ Ticket Preview: Senators @ Bruins

By Matthew Feuerman of TiqIQ,

Not many would have predicted that going into the 2012-2013 season, the Northeast Division would arguably be the NHL’s most competitive. That’s how things have turned out, however, and teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators--who many experts and fans discarded before the season started--have ended up shocking the hockey world.

The Senators, in particular, had excelled against all odds. Who would have thought that a team decimated by injuries and without established firepower, which has for months looked more like the Binghamton Senators than the Ottawa Senators, would not just be in possession of a playoff spot with less than four weeks to go in the season, but the 6th seed in the East?

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TiqIQ Ticket Preview: Red Wings @ Blackhawks

By Matthew Feuerman of TiqIQ,

The Red Wings and Blackhawks get together Friday night in Chicago and tickets are currently averaging $410, making this the most expensive Hawks-Wings tilt this season, according to TiqIQ. Normally, tickets to see the Blackhawks at the United Center average $265/seat, making this matchup is 55% more expensive than the team’s home average. Get-in rates are available for $174 per seat. Prices are down 14%, however, so there's a chance they will continue to drop as game day approaches. 

Hockey fans aren’t used to storylines about the Detroit Red Wings fighting for their playoff lives. Normally, the Wings’ postseason chances are seemingly guaranteed the first day of the season, and not like the Panthers’ are. We know the Wings are going to get in. It seems like a foregone conclusion year after year.

This year is different, however.

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TiqIQ Ticket Preview: Bruins vs. Canadiens

By Matthew Feuerman of TiqIQ,

The Bruins and Canadiens never like each other, especially when they’re fighting for the top seed in the Northeast Division. As of Thursday morning, only one point separates the two teams. That one point could dictate who gets home ice in the dog days of the NHL playoffs this season. Each team plays once before their Saturday tilt, which means any lead is tenuous. Saturday morning, the Bruins could very well be in first.

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TiqIQ Ticket Preview: Rangers vs. Penguins

By Matthew Feuerman of TiqIQ,

Can the Penguins have all hands on deck? The wildly successful franchise this season can’t seem to get all of its stars healthy at once. “Star” is the operative word here. The Penguins have many. They just reeled in superstar Jarome Iginla over the trading deadline, but lost Sidney Crosby, who was having one of the best seasons of his career, to a broken jaw.

As always, affording a Friday night game at Madison Square Garden is never easy. According to TiqIQ, New York Rangers tickets for this Friday night’s tilt with the Penguins will run fans an average of $312. Normally, the Rangers’ home average is $268, which makes this matchup 16 percent more expensive. Bargains are available, however. Tickets can can still be found on the low-end for $151.

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TiqIQ Ticket Preview: Blackhawks vs. Red Wings

By Eli Epstein, TiqIQ

For hockey fans, Original Six matchups are what the sport is built on. Even as it’s expanded to the far reaches of North America, hockey relies on these six teams to be the cornerstone of its history, intensity and vivacity. 

In the Midwest, Blackhawks-Red Wings battles are some of the NHL’s most anticipated and hard-fought. So far this season, the matchup has belonged to the Hawks, who’ve bested the Wings twice, each time by a margin of only one goal. The games have been low-scoring, feverishly-paced and decided in the final minutes of the effort. Both Blackhawks victories have come in overtime, with the latter win coming in the shootout.

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TiqIQ Ticket Preview: Blackhawks vs. Ducks

By Matthew Feuerman of TiqIQ,

Once the darlings of the NHL and American sporting lure as a whole, the Chicago Blackhawks, having gone the first 24 games of the 2012-2013 campaign without a regulation loss, have fallen back down to earth ever so slightly since the Avalanche broke their record on March 8. Since that date, the team is a more mortal 3-3, though they did beat the Dallas Stars by seven goals two weeks ago. That shellacking is indicative of what the Hawks are able to do to teams when they’re at their best--score at will and cede nothing in their own end. Their six regular defenseman are all on the plus side and their worst plus/minus offender, Sheldon Brookbank, is a paltry -4. That’s a number the team is willing to live with.

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Ticket Preview: Bruins vs. Maple Leafs

By Eli Epstein of TiqIQ,

The 2012-2013 shortened NHL campaign has been one of the most competitive seasons the Northeast division has experienced in the past decade. As of Friday, four teams (the Canadiens, Bruins, Senators and Maple Leafs, in that order) are separated by 10 points or less going into the dog days of the season.

The Leafs and Bruins will square off on the front end of a home-and-home series Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Average prices for the tilt are $281, which is six percent higher than the $266 average of Maple Leafs tickets in Toronto this season. On the bright side, tickets are down 17 percent this week and fans can attend the game for as low as $75 per seat. Overall, this is the most expensive Bruins-Leaf matchup in Toronto this season.

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TiqIQ Ticket Preview: Capitals @ Bruins

By Eli Epstein, TiqIQ

In the dogfight that is the top of the Eastern Conference, the Boston Bruins can’t afford to give games away like they did Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, where they showed up, played a great first period, and then disappeared in the 2nd and 3rd, allowing the Penguins to skate wherever they wanted and plant a flag in the Bruins’ defensive zone.

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TiqIQ Ticket Preview: Edmonton @ Colorado

By Matthew Feuerman of TiqIQ,

In the crowded Northwest division, only five points separate the Edmonton Oilers (who are currently in fourth place) and the Minnesota Wild, who, while in first, sit there less than comfortably. One slot higher than the Oilers are the Avalanche, who, like the team from Edmonton, sit near .500 and feel the push to right the ship and succeed now rather than later, which the shortened season doesn’t afford them the opportunity to do.

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TiqIQ Ticket Preview: Penguins @ Flyers, Thursday March 7th

By Matt Linsky, TiqIQ

Another chapter of the battle for Pennsylvania will take place on Wednesday, when the Pittsburgh Penguins and their high-powered offense cruise into Philadelphia to take on the Flyers. This heated rivalry might be the best one going in the NHL right now, as there is always an abundance of goals, fights, and hits when these interstate rivals take the ice.

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TiqIQ Ticket Preview: Bruins @ Capitals

By Eli Epstein, TiqIQ

In last year’s NHL playoffs, the second-seeded Boston Bruins were expected to easily dispatch the 7th-seeded Washington Capitals, a team that many felt was flimsy in its own end and untested in net. 

The opposite proved to be true, however, as the plucky Capitals took the Bruins to seven games and wore them down in the series finale, capping off a dogged seven-game effort with a Joel Ward game-winner that Bruins fans won’t soon forget. The star of the 2011-2012 Capitals-Bruins series was Washington goaltender Braden Holtby, who rose from relative obscurity to start every single one of the Capitals’ games that postseason, posting a sub-two goals against average.

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TiqIQ Ticket Preview: Capitals @ Flyers

By Eli Epstein, TiqIQ

As NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, the NHL Players Association and the league’s owners promised, the shortened 2013 hockey season would not be lacking action. The activity has been end to end, the finishes have been dramatic and the play has been upbeat and largely spectacular.

While many teams haven’t skipped a beat, some franchises have struggled out of the gate. In a truncated season, that means that now, nearly halfway through the 2013 campaign, is the time that a limping franchise needs to turn it on or kiss their playoff hopes goodbye.

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TiqIQ Ticket Preview: Red Wings @ Kings

By Matthew Linsky, TiqIQ

Two of the hottest teams in the NHL will square off in LA on Wednesday. The average ticket for this game is $105.64, ten dollars more than the average Los Angeles Kings tickets price for a home game, $95.06. The Red Wings are one of the most prestigious franchises in the NHL, always drawing a big crowd, and expensive-ticket prices. According to TiqIQ, Detroit Red Wings tickets average a $137.08 road price on the secondary market, ranking them amongst the highest in the NHL. At only $36 the “get-in” price provides tremendous value, for what could be one of the best hockey games played in LA this season- you don’t want to miss it

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Capitals ticket prices up slightly despite slow start

By Dan Groob, TiqIQ

The Washington Capitals are disappointing again, and fans are none too pleased. Coming off a 2011 season which saw the Capitals finish with the most points in the Eastern Conference, last season’s 7th place finish and second round exit represented multiple steps in the wrong direction. This year, things might even be worse.

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Ticket prices up on strength of Blackhawks early success

By Dan Groob, TiqIQ

Nearly a month into the season and the Chicago Blackhawks have registered nary a loss. With 20 points in 11 games, the Blackhawks have actually done most of their damage on the road this season, throwing up a 7-0-2 mark away from the United Center.

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Fans excited as Ovechkin and Capitals eye bounce-back season, redemption

By Dan Groob, TiqIQ

After finishing 2011 with the best record in the East, the Washington Capitals took a step back last season as they tied Ottawa for the fewest points among playoff teams before getting bounced in the first round by the New York Rangers. With Alexander Ovechkin finishing 2012 with a career-worst 65 points, his first time below a point-per-game pace during his impressive career, he was far and away the most disappointing individual player in the league. Teams tend to go as their star goes, and as a result of Ovechkin’s less than stellar play, the Capitals underachieved tremendously.

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Blackhawks excitement rising in Chicago as team gets off to fast start

by Dan Grrob, TiqIQ

Just two weeks into the 2013 NHL season, the Chicago Blackhawks can stake a serious claim as the team to beat across the league. Chicago enters week three at a perfect 6-0, with four of those wins coming on the road. But it is actually back home at the United Center where the Blackhawks are one of the biggest draws in hockey.

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Excitement brews for Stanley Cup favorite Rangers, ticket prices up 44% from last season

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By Dan Groob, TiqIQ

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.

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