(UPDATE 4-23-15) The Chicago Blackhawks own a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Nashville Predators heading into Game 5 Thursdaynight. With the potential to clinch a semifinals berth at the Bridgestone Arena tonight, the Blackhawks have the opportunity to advance into the second round for the third consecutive season. Fans looking for last minute Predators vs Blackhawks tickets are in luck, too, as prices are falling on the secondary market.
The average price for tickets to tonight’s game is currently $125.75 on TicketIQ, which is the cheapest ticket average of the seven-game series and down 23.2% from Tuesday’s average of $163.85. The get-in price starts at $46.
Ticket prices will rise considerably if the series heads back to Chicago for Game 6 Saturday. Blackhawks vs Predators tickets average at $445.96 on the secondary market. That’s 107% more expensive than Nashville’s two-game home average of $214.80, should the series extend to a Game 7.
2015 Blackhawks vs Predators Playoff Tickets 66% More Expensive at United Center Than Bridgestone Arena
(Update 4-20-2015) The Chicago Blackhawks took their second win of the quarterfinal round against the Nashville Predators Sunday night, and the series now remains in Chicago for Game 4 tomorrow night. It’s been a roller coaster series for both teams, with Game 1 taking two overtimes to decide a victor and Game 2 seeing the Blackhawks give up six goals en route to their first loss. With Game 4 set to be played at the United Center tomorrow, the average secondary price for Blackhawks playoff tickets is $261.57. That’s 38.4% cheaper than Game 6 in Chicago, should the series return their on Saturday. Blackhawks playoff tickets are 66.3% more expensive at home than the $229.03 average Predators playoff tickets are seeing at the Bridgestone Arena for Games 5 and 7.
(Update 4-17-2015) In the only Game 1 that went into overtime, the Chicago Blackhawks edged the Nashville Predators 4-3. Including the game winner, the Blackhawks scored four goals in a row to overcome a 3-0 deficit from the first period. Predators playoff tickets for Game 2 have an average price of $180.38, 24.6% below Nashville’s series average. With the series lead, for now, Blackhawks playoff tickets will be 49% more expensive when the series turns to Chicago. Game 3 at the United Center currently has an average price of $296.28 with a get-in price of $125.
(Update 4-15-2015) The Nashville Predators have gone through many efforts trying to keep Blackhawks fans out of Bridgestone Arena. While it’s yet to be determined if those efforts will work, the price for Predators playoff tickets ha started to fall on the secondary market. The average price for the four possible home games in Nashville is now $233.25, down 16.8% from the end of the regular season. Those prices won’t come close to those for the series in Chicago. Blackhawks playoff tickets have an average price of $343.68 across Games 3, 4 and 6. Much of that average comes from Game 6, which has an average of $447.72. Without Game 6, the first two games in Chicago have an average price of $273.56.
For the sixth season in a row, the Chicago Blackhawks will be in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Blackhawks are two seasons removed from their last Stanley Cup Final victory in 2013. This season, however, was not the typical dominant Blackhawks season many in Chicago have been used to seeing. For the second straight year, Chicago finished third place in the Central division.
Chicago finished below last years team in points, though some of that can be attributed to losing Patrick Kane for the latter part of the season. Kane, who still finished second on the team in goals scored, has been out since the end of February after breaking his left clavicle. There is still enough firepower in Chicago to make the Blackhawks dangerous and drive up prices on the secondary market.
Blackhawks playoff tickets currently have an average price of $345.06 over the three potential first round games to be played at United Center. Expensive tickets will not be a new thing in Chicago this year. During the regular season, Blackhawks tickets had an average price of $258 on the secondary, the second highest price in the NHL. That is a 37.5% premium above the regular season average.
Playoff tickets this season also hold a premium over the opening average from last year when Chicago defeated the St. Louis Blues. The average price for that series was $316.87, marking a 12% premium for this season.
Chicago will meet the Nashville Predators, who finished two points ahead of the Blackhawks in the Central division. While Nashville is the better seed and will host more home games, the more expensive games will come at the United Center. Blackhawks playoff tickets are currently 26% more expensive than the games set to be played at Bridgestone Arena.
This season, Predators playoff tickets have an average price of $280.62, 119% above 2012 and 70.2% above 2011. During the regular season, Predators tickets marked an average of just $85 on the secondary market, marking a 223% premium for the first round matchup.