Henrik Lundqvist will dress for the Rangers in Ottawa tonight, putting an end to his nearly two-month absence from the team. The 33-year-old superstar is slated to back up Cam Talbot against the Senators and could potentially start the Rangers’ next game against the Capitals at home on Sunday. The New York faithful have waited long enough for the King to return, and Sunday’s possible homecoming has made ticket prices skyrocket on the secondary market.
According to TicketIQ, the average price for Rangers vs Capitols tickets is $450.53, serving as the Rangers’ most expensive remaining home game in the regular season. Fans hoping to get in cheap won’t be pleased, either, as the cheapest available ticket is currently listed for $166.
In fact, Sunday’s game will be the second most expensive home game of the season for the Rangers. Only a December 27 bout with the Devils owned a higher secondary average, with tickets for that game averaging at $488.69.
Lundqvist hasn’t been in net since January 31, when he suffered a vascular injury after taking a slapshot to his neck against the Carolina Hurricanes. His return comes at an interesting time for the Rangers, who have found considerable success with Talbot manning the pipes. Over the 25 games Lundqvist has missed, the Blueshirts have gone 18-4-3 and have comfortably captured sole possession of the Metropolitan division.