The shortened NHL regular season has concluded and the Stanley Cup Playoffs are here. The field is set and so too are dates and times for the 2013 Stanley Cup Conference Quarterfinal round. The first round of the NHL Playoffs begins Tuesday, April 30th.
2013 NHL Playoffs Schedule – Stanley Cup Playoffs Schedule – First Round
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Pittsburgh Penguins (1) vs. New York Islanders (8)
Montreal Canadiens (2) vs. Ottawa Senators (7)
Washington Capitals (3) vs. New York Rangers (6)
Boston Bruins (4) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (5)
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Chicago Blackhawks (1) vs. Minnesota Wild (8)
Anaheim Ducks (2) vs. Detroit Red Wings (7)
Vancouver Canucks (3) vs. San Jose Sharks (6)
St. Louis Blues (4) vs. Los Angeles Kings (5)
2013 NHL Playoffs Tickets – Stanley Cup Playoff Tickets – First Round
The average First Round NHL Playoff tickets are $306. In the Conference Quarterfinals, exactly half of the NHL playoff teams have ticket prices below the League average. Like the regular season, Anaheim Ducks tickets are the cheapest and of the teams to qualify, Toronto Maple Leafs tickets are the most expensive. The average Eastern Conference Quarterfinals matchup will cost you $388; the average Western Conference Quarterfinals game a much more reasonable $228.
|NHL Playoff Teams||Avg. Price|
|Detroit Red Wings||$177.18|
|Los Angeles Kings||$165.55|
|New York Islanders||$424.53|
|New York Rangers||$442.94|
|San Jose Sharks||$245.96|
|St. Louis Blues||$309.34|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||$738.71|
NHL Playoff Tickets – Pittsburgh Penguins (1) vs. New York Islanders (8)
The Pittsburgh Penguins enter the NHL Playoffs as the favorites to win the Eastern Conference. The Penguins finished the regular season first in goals scored. Sidney Crosby will likely return to the Penguins lineup after missing every game this month with a broken jaw. Despite having the higher seed, Pittsburgh Penguins tickets are averaging $155 less at Consol Energy Center than on the road at Nassau Coliseum.
NHL Playoff Tickets – Montreal Canadiens (2) vs. Ottawa Senators (7)
The Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators will meet in the postseason for the first time. Despite being seeded at #2 and #7, this is a relatively even matchup. The two teams split the season series. Both Montreal Canadiens tickets and Ottawa Senators tickets are more expensive than the League average, making this Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series one of the highest priced in the first round. Overall, Senators tickets are 24% less than Canadiens tickets however, if you do not consider a much higher priced Game 7, tickets inside Bell Centre-QC are 11% more expensive. Is saving an average of $47 a ticket worth the 90-minute drive to attend an away game?
NHL Playoff Tickets – Washington Capitals (3) vs. New York Rangers (6)
The longtime rivals will meet again in the Stanley Cup Playoffs – the two teams have had four playoff encounters in five seasons. It was the Rangers who came out on top in last year’s semifinals that went to seven games. But, it’s the Washington Capitals who will have home-ice advantage, finishing the season on top the Southeast Division. Similar to the Penguins vs. Islanders matchup, the lower-seeded New York team has the more expensive ticket. In fact, Rangers tickets in the first round of play are averaging $195 more per seat than Capitals tickets.
NHL Playoff Tickets – Boston Bruins (4) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (5)
The Bruins won three of their four regular season games against the Leafs; but if you recall, they were all close. It is an Original Six rivalry and the first time the Leafs have made the NHL Playoffs in nine years. Can Toronto beat a Boston team that is similar to the one that earned the Stanley Cup two years ago? Leafs tickets are averaging almost three-times Bruins tickets.
NHL Playoff Tickets – Chicago Blackhawks (1) vs. Minnesota Wild (8)
Even though the Chicago Blackhawks will be without two of their players for Game 1 of their first round playoff series, expect the team (who gave up a league-low 102 goals this season) to advance to the Semifinals. The Wild are making their first post-season appearance since 2008. Tickets to watch the Blackhawks vs. Wild at United Center are averaging $132 more than a seat at Xcel Energy Center. Today the average ticket price to Game 1 in Chicago was down 31% since 4/18 & 24% ($77 a ticket) since Friday indicating that prices fell as the game approached.
NHL Playoff Tickets – Anaheim Ducks (2) vs. Detroit Red Wings (7)
The Ducks are 1-2 this shortened season against the Red Wings, and the winner has always been victorious on the road. If that is any indication of what is to come during the first round – the Red Wings may pull off the upset. It will be the sixth time the two teams have met in the playoffs. The Ducks vs. Red Wings matchup is the cheapest series in the first round with a get-in price as low as $22 in Anaheim and $35 in Detroit.
NHL Playoff Tickets – Vancouver Canucks (3) vs. San Jose Sharks (6)
Both the Canucks and Sharks have played well at home this season – Vancouver won eight of their last nine and San Jose went 17-2-5 at home. Home-ice advantage may be just that in this series. The Canucks will be looking for their first win against the Sharks this season after losing 2 away matches and 1 at Rogers Arena. Game 3 in San Jose is the cheapest game this series, averaging $218.
NHL Playoff Tickets – St. Louis Blues (4) vs. Los Angeles Kings (5)
Rewind to the second round of the playoffs last year – the Los Angeles Kings swept the Blues and went on to win the Stanley Cup. The reigning champs have won eight straight against the St. Louis Blues but will need to improve on the road this Playoffs to advance. A seat inside Scottrade Center will cost you about double that at the Staples Center. Aside from a potential Game 7, Game 5 is the most expensive in the series (avg. $302).