With a win over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night, the New York Rangers clinched the President’s Trophy. That gives the Rangers the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and home ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Rangers have one more home game remaining in the regular season, with nothing to play for. They will host the Ottawa Senators on April 9, a game that still has an average price of $235.70 and a get-in price of $104. The Senators are on the outside looking in for a playoff spot in the East, tied with the Boston Bruins in points but with one less game remaining.
More Rangers playoff tickets have hit the secondary market, which has dropped the price since they peaked at a $750 average for Games 1 and 2. The current average price for Rangers home games during the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs is $463.07. That includes all four possible home games during the first round.
The New York Rangers are the first NHL to clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season. A Thursday night loss by the Boston Bruins, teamed with a Rangers win over the Ottawa Senators officially sent the Rangers to the playoffs. With 101 points, New York will head into the weekend as the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and tied with the Anaheim Ducks for the most points in the league.
The Rangers will host four more regular season games at Madison Square Garden before the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin. The next game against the Washington Capitals on Sunday afternoon will be the most expensive on the secondary market. Rangers vs Capitals tickets have an average price of $416.59 with a get-in price of $163. None of the four remaining games will have an average price under $240 or a get-in price below $85.
As the likely No. 1 seed, the Rangers will host at least the first two games of the playoffs’ opening round. As is the case with most Rangers tickets this season, Rangers playoff tickets will not come cheap. With limited secondary market inventory, the average price across Games 1 and 2 of the Divisional Semifinals is $764.71. The get-in price for both of those games is listed at $202.
As of Friday morning, the Rangers would be set to face the Senators in the first round, the team they beat handily to clinch the playoff spot. Ottawa currently holds the final playoff spot, but is tied in point with the Boston Bruins. However, Ottawa has 10 games remaining while Boston only has nine. Hockey-reference.com gives the Senators a 62 percent chance of making the playoffs with Boston at 39.3 percent. The Rangers are 1-1 in two games against the Bruins and 2-0 in two games against the Senators this season.