The race to the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs continues to heat up as the final quarter of the NHL season approaches. The Montreal Canadiens have struggled mightily in the wake of a red-hot start to the season, but the team will garner a massive ticket demand this Saturday when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Bell Centre. The Chicago Blackhawks welcome the Nashville Predators to United Center on Thursday for what will be the second most expensive game this week. The New Jersey Devils, Nashville Predators and Vancouver Canucks also appear on this week's top games list when they respectively host the New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Ottawa Senators.
Check out the complete list of games below, per TicketIQ:
2/27/16 Montreal Canadiens vs Toronto Maple Leafs | Avg. Price: $264.86 | Get-in: $126
Playoff hopes are slim in Montreal following the ongoing on-ice problems the Canadiens have faced. Amidst trade rumors swirling for P.K. Subban, the Canadiens find themselves in the lower tier of the Atlantic division and seven points out of the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt. They'll host the Maple Leafs this Saturday, where Montreal Canadiens tickets against the Maple Leafs average $264.86 and the get-in price starts from $126. The Maple Leafs are well out of the playoff chase, collecting just 50 points in 57 games played and tied with the Edmonton Oilers for the worst record in the NHL.
2/25/16 Chicago Blackhawks vs Nashville Predators | Avg. Price: $220.45 | Get-in: $105
The defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks have posted big ticket prices all season long in the wake of their third Cup in six seasons. That will be the case on Thursday night when they welcome the Predators to Chicago. The average price for Chicago Blackhawks tickets on the secondary market against the Predators is currently $220.45 and the cheapest ticket is listed for $105. The Blackhawks are neck-and-neck with the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues for the top spot in the Central division, owning a one-point lead over Dallas and two-point lead over St. Louis entering Tuesday night. The Predators are still alive in the Western Conference playoff picture with the seventh seed at 67 points on the season.
2/23/16 New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers | Avg. Price: $191.76 | Get-in: $92
The Devils will hope to a pick-me-up is in order tonight when they welcome the crosstown rival Rangers to Prudential Center. A three-game skid has put a damper on the Devils' impressive season overall, but the tight-knit Metropolitan division behind the league-leading Washington Capitals has kept them well in the hunt for a spot in the playoffs. New Jersey Devils tickets against the Rangers currently average $191.76. The cheapest ticket starts from $92.
2/27/16 Nashville Predators vs St. Louis Blues | Avg. Price: $189.13 | Get-in: $79.63
The Predators will again appear on this week's list when they return home for a game against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night. Nashville Predators tickets on the secondary market against the Blues own an average price of $189.13 and the get-in price is $79.63. The Blues own a considerable 12-point lead over the Predators in the Central division and sit just two points out from tying the first-place Blackhawks.
2/25/16 Vancouver Canucks vs Ottawa Senators | Avg. Price: $187.72 | Get-in: $25
Both the Canucks and Senators are on the outside looking in, but a compilation of wins could drastically change their playoff hopes through the last 20 regular season games. They'll face each other at Rogers Arena on Thursday night, where Vancouver Canucks tickets against the Senators average $187.72 and the get-in price is $25.