NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- If you thought New York Rangers hockey tickets were expensive before, wait until the Conference Finals resume at Madison Square Garden tonight.
The NHL Playoffs host four teams that have fought all season long for the chance to hoist Lord Stanley's Cup. Though the third round is still young, the Rangers and Blackhawks would see the two highest home average ticket prices on the secondary market if they were to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Rangers hold a 2-0 series lead over Montreal while the Blackhawks and Kings are tied at one. There is still plenty of hockey to play before the Conference Finals are complete but that hasn't stopped tickets for prospective Stanley Cup Finals games to start creeping onto the secondary market.
The New York Rangers have not been in a Stanley Cup final since 1994, so it's no surprise the team currently leads in average home ticket price during the final round. According to TiqIQ, the average ticket price for Stanley Cup Finals tickets at Madison Square Garden is currently listed at $2,176.87, which would be the highest average TiqIQ has ever tracked, edging Vancouver's $2,055.84 average in 2011. New York's 20-year drought has had fans thirsty for Finals action and the average ticket price at Madison Square Garden this year certainly shows it.
The Chicago Blackhawks look to enter the Stanley Cup Finals for the second consecutive year. The average ticket price for Stanley Cup finals Blackhawks tickets is currently $1,666.16, 10.2% below the Rangers. Chicago's championship season last year saw a nearly identical Finals home price of $1,674.41 at the United Center. The series will head to the Staples Center in Los Angeles for Game 3.
The Kings and Canadiens both sit below the Rangers and Blackhawks in average home price, but Stanley Cup Finals prices are likely to increase when the two spots in the final round are clinched. The Kings currently hold an average Finals ticket price of $1,373.87 at the Staples Center, strikingly similar to the team's 2012 home Finals average of $1387.46.
The struggling Canadiens find themselves down two games to the Rangers as they head to New York for Games 3 and 4 starting tonight. If the Habs can somehow maneuver their way out of a commanding 2-0 series deficit and advance, the average price for Stanley Cup Finals Canadiens tickets is $1,142.64.
The Rangers has played with a renewed passion this postseason, eliminating the Pittsburgh Penguins after trailing 3-1 in the Eastern Conference semi-finals. The Rangers last appeared in the Conference Finals just two years ago but lost to the New Jersey Devils in six games. Now, just two wins away from their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance in two decades, the Rangers currently see the highest secondary home ticket average for the final round.
WIth these current averages, the Rangers playing either the Blackhawks or Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals could be the most expensive matchup TiqIQ has tracked. As New York currently has an average price above Vancouver's 2011 price, both Chicago and Los Angeles have current average prices higher than Boston's $1,203.90 average during the 2011 Finals.
So get out your wallets because the Stanley Cup Finals will have fans paying a much higher premium to see their teams compete for hockey's most coveted honor.
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