It’s the final week of the NHL season, and there are still teams fighting for Stanley Cup playoff positioning. Out of the 16 spots there are currently five still available, and several matchups have yet to be determined. Not surprisingly three of the top five games this week feature teams still fighting for one of those final spots.
4/12/14 New York Rangers vs Montreal Canadiens | Avg. Price: $301 | Get-in Price: $112
The two original six teams are always a big draw, and top the bunch for the week. Canadiens tickets are up 11 percent even though both teams have already clinched playoff spots, and are now just playing to hold on to home-ice advantage in the first round. The two teams have split the season series 1-1 so far, with the Rangers winning the most recent matchup.
4/13/14 Boston Bruins vs New Jersey Devils | Avg. Price: $281 | Get-in Price: $112
The Prudential Center, generally one of the more affordable arenas, is near the top of the list this week. NJ Devils tickets are up 14 percent, and that has to do with future hall of fame goaltender Martin Brodeur who is likely playing his last game at the Prudential Center. His Devils are currently on the outside of the playoff picture, but a strong week and some luck could see them nab the final playoff spot in the East.
4/12/14 Philadelphia Flyers vs Pittsburgh Penguins | Avg. Price: $279 | Get-in Price: $ 100
The in-state rivals are third this week, but Penguins tickets are actually down 12 percent for this matchup. These Metropolitan division members might meet in the playoffs, but right now the game means more to the Flyers. The Penguins have already clinched the division’s best record, and have no chance of catching the Boston Bruins for the conference’s top seed. Meanwhile the Flyers haven’t clinched a playoff spot.
4/12/14 Toronto Maple Leafs vs Ottawa Senators | Avg. Price: $265 | Get-in Price: $107
Both teams are fighting for one of the final wild card spots in the East, but the Senators appear to be a long shot at the moment. That could explain why Senators tickets are down five percent despite the playoff implications. While the Senators aren’t mathematically eliminated, they could be by the start of this game. They are currently seven points behind the closest wild card team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, and would have to win their final four games and hope Columbus loses out to make a postseason appearance. The Maple Leafs are in a little better shape, currently only three points behind the Blue Jackets.
4/12/14 Buffalo Sabres vs Boston Bruins | Avg. Price: $ 260 | Get-in Price: $140
The Sabres have been eliminated from the playoffs for a while now, and have the worst record in the NHL. On the other end of the spectrum, the Bruins are leading the NHL with 113 points. But that hasn’t stopped the historic rivals from continuing to be a big draw in Boston. Bruins tickets are up ten percent despite the presumed weak matchup, and expect an even higher hike for Bruins playoff tickets once they start.