It will be a fitting prelude to St. Patrick's Day in Boston this Saturday as the Bruins host the Islanders in the most expensive NHL game of the week. While the two teams continue to battle and lock down a playoff spot in their respective divisions, fans in attendance will receive a special St. Patrick's Day hat prior to the weekend matinee game. The playoff push heats up as the regular season winds down, and this week's top games list will showcase several top-tier matchups through the weekend.
Check out the complete list of most expensive NHL games below, per TicketIQ:
3/12/16 Boston Bruins vs New York Islanders | Avg. Price: $282.45 | Get-in: $127
The road will intensify for the Bruins this week after falling to the league-leading Washington Capitals over the weekend. They'll travel to Florida to take on the Panthers and Lightning before heading home to host the Hurricanes and Islanders on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. Saturday's game will have added incentive for the first 5,000 fans, who receive a commemorative St. Patrick's Day hat upon entrance at TD Garden. That game serves as the top-priced game of the week, with Boston Bruins tickets on the secondary market averaging $282.45 and the get-in price starting from $127. The Islanders enter the week on a three-game winning streak after taking down the crosstown rival Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon.
3/11/16 Dallas Stars vs Chicago Blackhawks | Avg. Price: $221.73 | Get-in: $58
The Central division has several suitors vying for the top spot with one month of games to play, and the top-placed Stars and Blackhawks will meet at American Airlines Center this Saturday for potential bragging rights atop the division. That game is the second most expensive game of the week, with Dallas Stars tickets against the Blackhawks averaging $221.73 and the get-in price starting from $58 on the secondary market. Both teams own 87 points entering the week and the St. Louis Blues trail directly behind with 85 points. It will be the Stars' most expensive remaining home game during the regular season.
3/12/16 Montreal Canadiens vs Minnesota Wild | Avg. Price: $182.31 | Get-in: $53
A four-game losing streak has continued to curb the Canadiens' playoff hopes, and the team is on the outside looking in through the final month of play. They'll host the Wild at Bell Centre on Saturday, where Montreal Canadiens tickets on the resale market currently average $182.31 and the cheapest ticket is listed for $53. The Wild have wavered as of late, going 6-4-0 and slowly fading in the Western Conference playoff picture. They'll need to capitalize against a struggling Canadiens team when they head North of the border this weekend.
3/12/16 Vancouver Canucks vs Nashville Predators | Avg. Price: $179.73 | Get-in: $36
It appears that the Canucks will have to wait yet another year to hoist the ever-elusive Stanley Cup that's evaded the franchise since its installment in 1970. Despite their recent struggles, however, the team will host the Predators at Rogers Arena on Saturday in what will be the fourth most expensive game of the week. Vancouver Canucks tickets against the Predators now average $179.73. If looking to get past the gates the cheapest ticket is listed for $36. The Predators currently sit in fourth place in the Central division but own the Western Conference's top Wild Card spot.
3/12/16 Detroit Red Wings vs New York Rangers | Avg. Price: $170.47 | Get-in: $57
The pursuit of a 25th consecutive playoff berth continues for the Red Wings this week, who host the Rangers on Saturday in the fifth most expensive NHL game this week. The average price for Detroit Red Wings tickets at Joe Louis Arena this weekend is $170.47 and the cheapest ticket is now listed for $57. The Red Wings have gone just 4-4-8 over their last 10 games and will be facing a Rangers team looking to keep their poise in the Metropolitan division. The Rangers were unable to catch the Islanders in a high-scoring affair at home on Sunday, dropping their third straight game to the Isles this season.