It’s not the matchup many were expecting, but expectations can only go so far. Neither the President’s Trophy winning New York Rangers, nor the Western Conference leading Anaheim Ducks will be taking part in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. Instead it will be those teams’ opponents from the Conference Final. The Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks will start the Stanley Cup Final on June 3, when Game 1 is scheduled at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay.
It took both the Lightning and Blackhawks seven games to get past the Rangers and Ducks, respectively, but both teams were able to pull out decisive Game 7 wins on the road. Now one of the two is guaranteed to win the most prestigious trophy within the next three weeks. As is typically the case for the Stanley Cup Final, ticket prices are high on the secondary market.
Tampa Bay will have home ice advantage in the series due a 108-102 points advantage in the regular season. However Lightning Final tickets will be the less expensive of the two, even with four potential home games. The current average price for home Lightning games is $1,039.63. Both Games 1 and 2 have an average price below $1,000 on the secondary market, the only two such games of the series. The opening game on June 3 currently has an average price of $662.03, the least expensive of the series.
The first game in Chicago will be more than double the price of Tampa’s first game, 131.4% more expensive. The current average for Game 3 is $1,531.65 with a get-in price of $541. Overall, Blackhawks Final tickets have an average price of $1,760.11 across Games 3, 4 and an if necessary 6. A potential Game 6 would be the most expensive of the series with an average price of $2,158.42, 44.2% more expensive than the current listed average for a Game 7.
Chicago will be playing in its third Stanley Cup Final in the past seven seasons. The Blackhawks won the Cup in both 2013 (six games over the Boston Bruins) and 2010 (six games over the Philadelphia Flyers). Tampa is making its first Final appearance since 2004, when they won in seven games against the Calgary Flames.