(UPDATE 4-24-15) The Ottawa Senators avoided a series sweep after a Game 4 win against the Canadiens at home Wednesday night. The series returns to Montreal’s Bell Centre for Game 5 Friday, and Canadiens vs Senators tickets are increasing in price on the secondary market.
Ticket price is likely rising due to the Canadiens’ ability to clinch as second-round berth at home. According to TicketIQ, the average secondary price for Game 5 Canadiens vs Senators tickets is $370.35, up 8.5% from Monday’s average of $341.30. The get-in price for Friday’s game starts at $197.
Should the series extend to Game 6 and return to Ottawa on Sunday, Senators vs Canadiens tickets currently average at $332.47 and the low price is set at $96.
With 3-0 Series Lead Over Senators, 2015 Canadiens Playoff Tickets 8% More Expensive at Bell Centre Than Canadian Tire Centre
(Update 4-20-2015) With a win in Ottawa Sunday night, the Montreal Canadiens have taken a 3-0 series lead over the Senators in the first round of postseason play. Montreal is the only team to have won three games thus far, and they’ll look to complete the sweep at the Canadian Tire Centre on Wednesday. The average price for Senators playoff tickets to Game 4 is $219.78 on the secondary market. Should the series shift back to the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canadiens playoff tickets for Games 5 and 7 average at $452.44, 8% more expensive than the $418.72 average the Senators will see at home for Games 4 and, if necessary, Game 6.
(Update 4-17-2015) Game 1 between the Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators was a closely contested game. The 4-3 score gave the Canadiens a 1-0 advantage on home ice. Game 2 will be played on Friday night an Canadiens playoff tickets have an average price of $246.14, 35.5% below the overall series average in Montreal. Those prices don’t even come close to Senators playoff tickets, which have a 41% premium over the Canadiens. Games 3 in Ottawa currently has a $295.68 average price, easily the lowest of the Senators’ potential home games.
(Update - 4-15-2015) The puck is about to drop at the Bell Centre for the opening round matchup between the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators. As the start of the series approaches, prices have dropped slightly for Canadiens playoff tickets. The series average at the Bell Centre is currently $339.92, down 12% from the initial $386.48 average. It will now be less expensive, on average, to see games in Montreal because the price for Senators playoff tickets has skyrocketed. Senators playoff tickets now have an average price of $515.64, up 80% from the initial average of $286.28. The high premium in Ottawa stems from Game 4 with an average price of $512.09 and a potential Game 6 with an average of $711.43.
The Montreal Canadiens were not able to capture the President’s Trophy, but they were able to be the top seed in the Atlantic Division. Montreal finished with the second most points in the NHL during the regular season. The Canadiens finished with their most points in a season since the 1988-89 regular season. This will be the third time in as many years under head coach Michel Therrien that the Canadiens have made the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
As the top seed in the first round, Montreal will potentially host four games at Bell Centre. Canadiens playoff tickets have an average price of $386.48 across those four games on the secondary market. During the regular season, Canadiens tickets had an average price of $211, marking an 83% premium for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Montreal will play another Canadian team during the opening round, the Ottawa Senators. However, games played in Montreal will be significantly more expensive at the Bell Centre. Games in Montreal are currently 35% more expensive than those to be played in Ottawa.
The Senators snuck into the playoffs, but had their best regular season by points since the 2006-07 season. Senators playoff tickets currently have an average price of $286.28 on the secondary market. During the regular season, Senators tickets had an average price of $100, a 161% playoff premium.
Ottawa and Montreal last met in the Stanley Cup Playoffs following the 2012-13 season. During that series, the Canadiens were the top seed, but the Senators won the series in five games. Senators playoff tickets had an average price of $328.06 during that series, while Canadiens tickets had an average price of $324.90.
These teams met four times during the regular season with Ottawa winning three of those games, all in regulation.