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Rangers prepare to take on Capitals for third consecutive playoffs, tickets inexpensive compared to past years

5/2/13 in NHL   |   Greg79261   |   0 respect

For the third consecutive season, and fourth time in five years, the New York Rangers will face off against the Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
 
Armed with home ice last season, the Rangers were finally able to dispatch of the Capitals in seven games during the Eastern Conference Semifinals. In both 2011 and 2009, the Rangers had no such luck, losing to the Capitals on the road at the Verizon Center in the deciding game five and seven, respectively.
 
Last year, Rangers fans paid significantly for the opportunity to see their team advance. Of course, the last playoff match up between these two teams happened to be in the second round of the playoffs as opposed to the opening round, so prices were expected to receive a slight bump. The series average in 2012 checked in at $367 dollars, heavily propped up by the Rangers home average of $432. Capitals tickets at the Verizon Center last season carried an average price of $277.
 
During the previous first round match up between these two teams, back in 2011, the series carried an average ticket price of $286. With three of the five games that year taking place in Washington, DC, the Capitals home average of $219 dollars put a slight drag on the series average of $286. New York Rangers tickets at MSG for that match up averaged $403 dollars.

This year, Rangers fans have the luxury of procuring the cheapest home tickets at Madison Square Garden out of any of the three consecutive match ups. Tickets at MSG for this series check in at $369 dollars. Because all seven games are currently priced into the series average (as opposed to the five games which actually occurred in 2011), this year’s series average of $291 is currently higher than that of 2011. Naturally, if the series were to end before game six at MSG, the average ticket price of this series average would be lower than that of 2011.
  • Game 1 @ Washington: $155/$61
  • Game 2 @ Washington: $180/$70
  • Game 3 @ New York: $284/$128
  • Game 4 @ New York: $293/$130
  • Game 5 @ Washington: $231/$77
  • Game 6 @ New York: $459/$137
  • Game 7 @ Washington: $365/$70
According to TiqIQ, a potential game six is of course the highest priced game of this series with a current average of $459 dollars. Aside from game seven at the Verizon Center, all three Rangers home games at MSG carry higher average price tags than those in Washington DC. The least expensive opportunity for Rangers fans to catch the boys in blue will be game three, which carries an average ticket price of $284 and a get-in price of $128. However, if fans just want to get in the door, they might get more bang for their buck holding out for game six, which reflects a get-in premium of just 7% over game three, with tickets available for as little as $137 dollars.
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