The Stanley Cup playoffs are heating up after an exciting first round. Only eight teams remain, but four of the biggest markets are still in the tournament. The New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, and Chicago Blackhawks make up the home teams for this week’s top five games, with New York the biggest draw landing on the list twice. But even in these big markets, prices have been trending down across the league.
Round 2, Game 6 - Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers | Avg. Price: $532.41 | Get-in Price: $173
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Rangers have had quite the rivalry in recent memory, but the Penguins have been dominant in the postseason. The Rangers have never beaten Pittsburgh in the playoffs, and lost the series 4-1 the last time they met. Prices have dropped 18 percent for this game after the Rangers lost in Pittsburgh 3-0 on Sunday, but New York Rangers tickets for the playoffs at MSG are still averaging $532.41, with fans wanting to go to a game that could realistically be an elimination game for either side. The get-in price of $173 is actually the lowest on this list.
Round 2, Game 6 - Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens | Avg. Price: $501.17 | Get-in Price: $266
The Canadiens are one of the most storied franchises in the NHL, and their fans are also one of the best. So it’s no shock that even after a demoralizing Game Two loss in Boston, tickets have only decreased six percent for Game Six. With an average of $501.17, Canadians tickets are the last game on the list to top the $500 mark. The get-in price of $226 is also the highest on this list, and one of only two games to top the $200 threshold.
Round 2, Game 5 - Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks | Avg. Price: $449.39 | Get-in Price: $175
The Blackhawks took care of business at home, taking the first two games easily for a 2-0 series lead. With the way the games looked, the series might not even make it back to Chicago for Game Five, and that could explain why prices have dropped 55 percent, the largest of the week. But with an average of $449.39 Blackhawks tickets are still the third highest average of the week. Like the Rangers, however, the get-in price is on the lower end for this list at $175.
Round 2, Game 4 - Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers | Avg. Price: $447.09 | Get-in Price: $177
Game Four of this series also saw a drop after the Rangers 3-0 loss. This time it was a 24 percent drop making Rangers tickets $447.09 on average. It’ll cost $177 to get into Madison Square Garden for this one, a game that holds a lot of importance. The Rangers have struggled to win back-to-back games in the playoffs. After stealing home ice with a Game One victory, New York has to win Games Three and Four at home to hold onto it.
Round 2, Game 5 - Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins | Avg. Price: $438.98 | Get-in Price: $200
In terms of get-in price this series has been the most expensive of the second round whether in Boston or Montreal. Prices are down 39 percent for Game Five and the average is still $438.98, and the get-in price is $200. It could be worth the price of admission if the Boston Bruins build off their third period performance in Game Two. The Bruins dominated the frame after a 3-1 deficit threatened to start them on a 2-0 hole heading to Montreal.