The Washington Capitals have made it to the Stanley Cup playoffs for 10 of the last 11 years. But in that span, the team hasn’t won more than a single series in the playoffs. Are fans tiring of postseason mediocrity?
According to data from TicketIQ.com, the answer is yes. With the first round of the postseason just a day away, the average asking price for a Capitals ticket is the lowest it’s been in a decade — $203 – and it’s the third cheapest across the NHL. Washington will host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.
Only tickets to see the San Jose Sharks ($161) and Los Angeles Kings ($172) at home for a playoff opener are cheaper. The highest average asking price is $652, to see the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Boston Bruins on Thursday.
While it will be cheap to get a seat at the Capitals game, that may not be a bad thing. The lack of interest, or skepticism, of fans may be just what the Caps need. Low expectations often translates into low pressure. Even though Washington won the Metropolitan Division, it had the least number of wins of any team that won its division. The Caps won 49 games, narrowly edging out the second-place Pittsburgh Penguins (47-29-6). All the other division champs won 50 games or more.
For Capitals fans that aren’t willing to throw in the towel before the post season even begins, tickets to this year’s playoffs are a great bargain. The get-in price of $42 is the same as last season, when the average asking price was $313. Over the last five years, the next least expensive ticket was in 2015, when prices settled at $209. That year, the Caps advanced to the Conference semifinals where they lost – as they did in 2016 and 2017.