(Update 4-20-2015) The Anaheim Ducks have taken the first two games of their quarterfinal series against the Winnipeg Jets, and Game 3 heads to the MTS Centre tonight. Game 2 saw the Ducks sneak away with a 2-1 win over the Jets at the Honda Center, with Jakob Silfverberg scoring the decisive goal for the Ducks with 21 seconds left in regulation. As the series shifts north to Winnipeg, limited ticket quantity for Jets playoff tickets is allowing prices to see exorbitant premiums on the secondary market. The average price for Jets playoff tickets is $746.50 over their upcoming home games, up 338% over the average secondary price of $170.07 for Ducks playoff tickets over Games 5 and 7 at the Honda Center.
(Update 4-17-2015) The Anaheim Ducks dominated the third period to grab a win over the Winnipeg Jets in Game 1 of their Stanley Cup Playoffs series. Anaheim trailed 2-1 entering the third period, but three goals — two on the power play — helped lead the Ducks to a commanding 4-2 win. Game 2 will take place on Saturday and Ducks playoff tickets have an average price of $124.15, down 13% from Game 1. Overall the average price for the four possible playoffs games at the Honda Center is $155. Games in Winnipeg are expected to be packed with Jets fans when the series shifts in Game 3, but there is no secondary market for those games.
(Update 4/15-2015) The Pacific Division Champion Anaheim Ducks will enter the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs on the heels of a 51-win season and set to face the Winnipeg Jets in the first round. The Ducks are making their third consecutive postseason appearance while the Jets set to make their first playoff berth in Winnipeg. On TicketIQ, the average secondary price for Ducks playoff tickets over the first round is $144.27 on the secondary market. With limited inventory due to season ticket holders possessing many of the team’s tickets, the average secondary price for Jets playoff tickets is an exorbitant $720.11 at the MTS Centre. That marks a price premium of 399% for tickets in Winnipeg than in Anaheim. The Jets sneaked into the postseason with the second and final Wild Card spot, owing much of their success to the stumbling Kings down the stretch. The Ducks will be looking to hoist their first Stanley Cup since 2007 as they begin their playoff journey Thursday night.
The Anaheim Ducks will make their third consecutive postseason appearance in 2015. With 109 points under their belt, the Ducks have claimed the first seed in the Pacific division and set to face the Winnipeg Jets in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. For those hoping to attend an upcoming game at the Honda Center, the Ducks will be one of the cheapest tickets on the secondary market during the quarterfinals.
The average secondary price for Ducks playoff tickets over the first round is $149.81. That marks a playoff premium of 94.8% over the team’s regular season average of $76.98. Last season, the team boasted a first round average of $129, which makes this season’s average 23.7% more expensive than in 2014.
In its 21-year history, the franchise has hoisted just one Stanley Cup in 2007. The Ducks have made the playoffs 10 times since its inception in 1993 and have found continued success under head Bruce Boudreau.
Anaheim will take on the Winnipeg Jets, who finished fifth in the Central division, but that speaks more to the Central this year than the Jets. The division will be sending five teams to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, four with at least 100 points. Winnipeg was not able to reach 100 points on the season, but was able to pull away from the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks at the end of the season to grab the final Wild Card spot.
Including its history as the Atlanta Thrashers, this will only be the second playoff appearance in franchise history. That franchise history is only 15 years old, as the Thrashers became an expansion franchise during the 1999-2000 season. The last playoff appearance came following the 2006-07 season in Atlanta. However, the team lost in four games to the New York Rangers in the first round.
During the regular season, Winnipeg Jets tickets had an average price of $161 on the secondary market, the ninth most expensive average in the league. However, as many fans hang onto their own tickets in Winnipeg, there is no secondary market data for the Jets’ first round series against the Ducks.