Washington Capitals Tickets Might Bring Best Deal In NHL
February 23, 2016
The Washington Capitals are easily the best team in the NHL season. With 92 points heading into Tuesday night’s action, no team in the NHL is within 10 points of them in the standings. The Chicago Blackhawks are the closest with 81 points. Leaders in the other two divisions have 75 and 72 points.
Not only are the Capitals blowing away the competition in the NHL this season, they’re on a historic pace as well. Through 58 games, no team in NHL history has won more games than this year’s Capitals. Washington’s 44 wins is one ahead of the 1994-95 Detroit Red Wings.
Even as the Capitals are winning more than any team ever, they’re still a relative steal to see at home when looking at ticket prices on the secondary market. Washington has 11 home games remaining in the regular season at the Verizon Center. Across those games, the average price is $133.85. That includes three games that feature an average below $100 -- games against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Carolina Hurricanes and Montreal Canadiens.
Throughout the rest of the regular season, 11 teams have a more expensive home average on the secondary market. Of course, none have performed as well on the ice as the Capitals. The closest team in points to Washington (Chicago) has a $302.07 average price for remaining home games at United Center. The New York Rangers -- who sit in second place in the Metro division behind the Capitals with 74 points -- lead all teams in average price with a $302.47 average at Madison Square Garden. The next most expensive average comes from the Edmonton Oilers at $190.93 despite being tied for the league-low in points with 50. Edmonton is part of a group of underperforming Canadian teams that still pull relatively expensive tickets on the secondary market this year.
The chart below shows how each team in the NHL compares between the average secondary market price for remaining home games and points thus far in the standings for the 2015-16 regular season. Teams more on the right have more points in the standings this season, while the teams in the lower portion of the chart have the cheapest tickets on the secondary market. All the way to the right and near the bottom, the Washington Capitals are in a value class by themselves.