For much of the season, the Tampa Bay Lightning sat atop the Atlantic division. The Lightning currently sit a point behind the Montreal Canadiens for the top spot in the division and two points below the New York Rangers for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. While the seeding is yet to be determined, the Lightning will be in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, having already clinched a berth.
Tampa Bay only has two home games remaining during the regular season. Those two games will come against the New Jersey Devils on April 9 and the Boston Bruins on April 11. Each of those games will have a very different price on the secondary market. The average price for Lightning tickets against the Devils is just $64.29. However, the home season finale against Boston has an average price of $139.31 with a get-in price of $44.
Prices will not be much higher when Tampa Bay opens up the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The current secondary market average price for Lightning playoff tickets is $133.46 over the first two home games. Home Game 1 currently has an average price of $138.27, while Home Game 2 currently has an average of $128.32 with a get-in price of $50. Tampa Bay is likely to be a top four seed, meaning those games would be the first two of the series.
According to hockey-reference.com’s playoff probabilities, the Lightning only have a 27.8 percent chance of winning the Atlantic division. However, they have a 14.9 percent chance of winning the Eastern Conference, the second highest in the conference behind the Rangers. Tampa Bay currently has a 7.6 percent chance of winning the Stanley Cup, the fifth highest odds in the league.